The FTSE rose 0.70% this morning after the Dow Jones closed last night 1.8% higher.
This morning's winners were Antofagasta, climbing 2.84%, Xstrata which was up 2.82%, Kazakhyms, up 2.59%, Anglo American, climbing 2.56%, and Man Group, which gained 2.51%.
But British insurers took a hit on the FTSE this morning, with Admiral Group falling 0.96% and Alliance Trust dropping 0.36%.
The FTSE's gains are mirrored throughout Europe, with Germany's Dax up 0.78% and France's Cac 40 up nearly 1%.
In Asia, stock markets posted solid overnight gains, with Japan's Nikkei gaining 0.8%. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.4% to 4,670.0 as gold miners surged on the back of the precious metal hitting a record high. In early trade in Asia, spot gold hit a new high, edging near $1,350 per troy ounce before retreating.
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