FTSE 100 at one-month highs

The leading blue chip index was up this morning to a one-month high, with miners leading the pack once again.

Evraz, Kazakhmys, Vedanta and Antofagasta all rose on the FTSE 100 in early trading, cheered by early signs of improvement in the economy of China.

On the FTSE All-Share, insurer CPP Group rose 10.71 per cent in early trading.

Retailer Mothercare added almost 10 per cent, as it announced that its UK sales returned to growth.

The Go-Ahead Group increased 3.49 per cent, as it said this morning it was committed to its UK rail business.

Jupiter jumped 2.69 per cent as it reported this morning its assets under management climbed in the third quarter.

At the other end of the spectrum, business publisher UBM fell 4.57 per cent despite reporting this morning an increase in operating profit.

Jardine Lloyd Thompson dropped 4.33 per cent in early deals and it said it expected profit to fall at its reinsurance business.

Hedge fund Man Group dropped 4.32 per cent, as it posted outflows of $2.2bn over the third quarter.

UK banking shares had a mixed morning. HSBC added 0.15 per cent in early deals, RBS fell 0.67 per cent, Barclays added 0.81 per cent while Lloyds Banking Group fell 0.73 per cent.

In Asia, the Nikkei continued its rise to close two per cent up, while in the US the Dow Jones closed up 0.04 per cent.