Mining stocks provide FTSE boost

<p>The FTSE opened higher this morning, with mining stocks leading the way. </p>

The FTSE 100 recovered from two-month lows in its previous session to rise 0.44 per cent in early morning trades today (April 8th).

Traders looked to take advantage of downbeat mining stocks, with such firms making the majority of the top gains on the blue-chip index.

Having fallen sharply towards the end of last week, Eurasian Natural Resources surged by 3.46 per cent to 251.5 pence per share as of 9:30 BST. Typically a volatile stock, shares in the company had been down by 14.5 per cent on the year at the close of trading on Friday.

In addition, Polymetal International – the Russian gold and silver miner – was up by 2.8 per cent to 861.5 pence per share.

Temporary power firm Aggreko was also among the market's top movers, advancing 3.3 per cent to 1,786 pence per share.

Outsourcing company Capita made the biggest losses on the blue-chip index, with shares slipping 1.08 per cent to 866 pence each.

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