The FTSE 100 has clawed back some ground from yesterday's heavy sell-off, as investors drew some comfort from news China and the US would hold trade talks later this month.
Hopes of a potential thawing of trade tensions between the US and China helped the UK blue-chip index edge 17 points, or 0.2%, higher to 7,515.
Miners led the way, recovering some of yesterday's heavy losses. Glencore (GLEN) rose 1.9% to 304.1p, Antofagasta (ANTO) added 1.7% to 850.6p, Rio Tinto (RIO) rose 1.6% to £37.08 and Fresnillo (FRES) traded 1.6% higher at 911p.
The FTSE 100 was held back from further gains by a number of stocks trading without entitlement to their latest dividend, knocking 17 points off the index according to Reuters.
On the FTSE 250, On The Beach (OTB) surged 10.8% to 456p as the travel retailer announced the £20 million acquisition of luxury packaged holiday provider Classic Collection.
Kaz Minerals (KAZ) rose 6.6% as the copper miner unveiled its first dividend since 2012 and reported a 18% jump in first-half operating profits.
Other commodities stocks also rallied towards the top of the FTSE 250 amid a recovery from yesterday's sell-off.