The markets continued to rise this morning with the FTSE 100 climbing 36.62 points to 5,160.75 in early trading.
The confident start follows a robust performance yesterday which saw the index posting its highest close in nearly a year on Wednesday; up 82 points, or 1.6%, at 5,124.1.
British Airways was one of biggest early movers jumping 8.50 points or 3.88% to 235.90 after the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said it has seen "early signs" of an upturn in the number of passengers traveling in premium seats.
Tullow Oil continued to gain in early trading following the announcement yesterday of the discovery of a significant oil field at Ngassa which has the potential to be the largest in the basin to date.
Service provider Invensys led the fallers, dropping 3.30 points to 302.60 while human resources specialists Capita Group shed 7.00 to 715.00 in early trading.
In Asia, the Hang Seng Index finished the day strongly up 365.59 at 21768.51 while in Tokyo, the Nikkei had risen 173.03 to 10443.80 by the close of trading.
In the US there was a strong showing for the Dow Jones which closed 108.30 or 1.12% higher at 9791.71.
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