The FTSE continued to feed off global optimism in early trading on Thursday, extending yesterday's 1.5% gain.
London's leading index advanced 0.24% to 5,761.22 following a strong overnight showing in the US and Asia.
Vodafone gained 2.2% to 167.5p, while Sage Group, Aviva and Fresnillo all advanced.
However, African Barrick Gold dropped more than 10%, to 561p, after cutting its 2010 production target following the revelation 40% of miners at its new Tanzania mine have been suspended for fuel theft.
FTSE's early lead follows overnight gains in the US as Q3 earnings season kicked off on a high note.
The Dow Jones closed 0.69% up at 11,096.08 after JPMorgan Chase announced quarterly profits were up 22% on lower loan losses.
Asia's Nikkei 225 advanced on the news, closing Thursday some 1.9% higher at 9,583.51.
In Europe, the German Dax is up 0.33% at 6,456.07 while the French Cac is up 0.1% at 3,832.17.
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