The FTSE100 rose in early Monday trading following strong gains in Japan.
In the opening minutes of the session, the FTSE 100 was up 17.84 points (0.33%) to 5,376.01, in line with other European markets.
Property firm Hammerson was the biggest gainer, adding 2.3% to 393.7p. The other top climbers were mainly mining stocks, including Xstrata, which rose 1.75% to £11.45p.
Tesco was the biggest loser, shedding 1%, while BT lost 0.9% dropping to 425.7p and drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline declined by 0.8% to £11.23p.
In the US, the Dow Jones closed up 9.5 points, or 0.1%, at 10,402.35 after the Federal Reserve's decision to raise rates for emergency bank loans.
Investors saw the move as a sign the Fed could soon raise other key lending rates, but benign inflation figures eased such concerns.
Drugs company Pfizer rose 1.5%, while aircraft maker Boeing and entertainment giant Walt Disney also posted gains.
In Japan the Nikkei posted its highest close in three weeks, led by exporters.
The index climbed 277 points (2.7%) to 10,400 as Japanese investors took the US Federal Reserve's discount rate hike as a sign the financial system is healing.
Shares in Canon rose 3.9%, while Sony advanced 3.4%. Bridgestone gained 3.8% to 1,516 yen after the tyre maker reported a rise in quarterly profit.
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