A revival in appetite for UK mining firms, spurred by a rebound in metal prices, helped to push up the UK's benchmark index in early exchanges.
The FTSE 100 climbed 0.9% to 4,839.26, with gains powered by an almost 8% jump in the shares of platinum specialist Lonmin to £15.52.
Kazakhmys rose 5.43% to 999.5p as copper prices headed higher and a broker revised upwards its expectations for the miner's profits.
Insurers and banks also featured in the winners' camp, with Aviva up 4.23% to 403.7p and Legal & General gaining 3.75%.
Lloyds Banking Group rose 3.9% as its shares see-saw back and forth on reports it is looking to launch a rights issue and reduce its exposure to the Government's expensive Toxic Asset Programme.
Overnight in the US, the benchmark Dow Jones closed up 63.94 points, or 0.7%, to 9,344.6, as investors hoped a key US employment report for August, out later today, will further boost economic confidence.
In Japan, the Nikkei 225 dropped 65.82 points, or 0.6%, to close at 10,214.64 as investors lost faith in exporters, which become more expensive when the yen strengthens against other currencies.
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