The FTSE 100 climbed higher in early trading ahead of UK and US growth figures, with copper miner Kazakhmys on top.
The Kazakh miner saw share price increase by 2% to 903p (at 0806 GMT), and was joined at the top by Barclays, which rose by 1.8% to 175.1p.
Barclays wasn’t the only bank among the FTSE 100’s top risers, with Royal Bank of Scotland Group climbing 1.6% higher to 20.14p.
Primark owner Associated British Foods also saw its share price increase by 1.6% to 1,100p early on, while financial services group Old Mutual rose by 1.5% to 132.2p.
Building supplies company CRH was the biggest faller dropping 0.3% to 1,201p (at 0807 GMT), while steel company Evraz dropped 0.1% to 34.9p.
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