The FTSE has extended yesterday's gains, adding 0.2% in early trading, as strong corporate earnings and upbeat economic data continue to power the index.
London's leading share index opened 0.21%, or 12 points, higher at 6,034 as yesterday's rally - which saw it break through the 6,000 mark- looks set to continue.
Leading the upward charge is TUI Travel, up 1.7%, whilst chip-maker ARM Holdings has edged up 1.6% on the back of solid earnings from the US technology sector.
Eurasian Natural Resources and temporary power company Aggreko are also early winners, both advancing over 1%.
London's bright start is mirrored across Europe, with Germany's Dax up 0.6% and France's Cac 40 up 0.4%.
Meanwhile, Asian stock markets were also higher on Thursday, fuelled by Wall Street's gains yesterday, with Japan's Nikkei up 0.8% and South Korea's Kospi adding 1.3%.
Yesterday's global rally, which saw all major indices advance more than 2%, was powered by an above-consensus reading of US existing home sales data, in addition to positive earnings from technology giants Intel and United Technologies. The Dow Jones was up 1.5% to 12,453 at close of trading yesterday.
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