The FTSE has powered higher this morning feeding off a healthy end to trading on Wall Street last week.
The index is at 5,670.90, up 0.23%, after the Dow Jones closed at 11,006.48 on Friday.
Technology firm Smiths Group is the best performer of the day so far, up 2.91% to 1272p, while Legal & General, Admiral Group and Standard Chartered are all also up.
However, Prudential is among the stocks to fall, down 0.94% to 630.5p, with ARM Holdings and BT Group also in the red.
Hopes of more government stimulus drove the Dow Jones above the 11,000 mark last week, helping to overcome some of the worrying employment news and sparking positive trading in the City this morning.
In Europe, the Cac is up 0.29% at 3773.91 while the Dax is at 6300.81, up 0.15%.
Asian stocks have also reacted well to developments in the US, with the MSCI Asia Pacific excluding Japan index gaining 0.5% to 461.27, its highest level since June 2008.
Meanwhile, the S&P/ASX 200 is at 4,697.5, up 0.34%.
Japanese markets are closed today in observance of Health and Sports Day, a national holiday.
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