FTSE edges higher on Greek aid hopes

<p>The FTSE has opened higher this morning amid Greek aid hopes.</p>

The FTSE 100 has opened higher this morning (November 23rd) on hopes Greece is closer to receiving its next tranche of financial aid.

Advancing 0.79 points in early trading today, or 0.1 per cent, at 5,791,82, London's leading stock exchange surged 0.7 per cent higher yesterday driven by miners and energy figures following promising manufacturing data from China.

Further driving positivity, a senior Greek government official revealed the struggling country will receive help from international lenders to cut its national debt.

However, Greece still has to fill a €10 billion (£6.4 billion) deficit to gain approval from the International Monetary Fund for additional bailouts.

The FTSE 100 has risen almost 3.3 per cent this week and is on track to match or surpass 2012's best week so far, which was seen in May.

It closed higher yesterday to beat analyst's forecasts in the first half as its interim dividend by 12 per cent.

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