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London's main index hasn't shifted much since the initial rise at the start of trading. The FTSE 100 is up 0.61% at 6,257 points, lifted by banks. Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC are up around 3.5% amid hopes of more debt relief for Greece. Marks & Spencer remains the stand-out faller, down 7.9% after announcing profit figures that disappointed investors.
FTSE 100 update
M&S shares extended their losses in early trading, and are now down 8.8% after a warning that there could be a short term hit to profits from changes being introduced to revive the retailer. That also had a knock-on on Next, whose shares fell 2%.
However, the FTSE 100 is up 0.52% at 6,251 points, led by Royal Bank of Scotland, 2.7% higher.
Outside the top flight, Serco rose 12.6% after the outsourcing firm forecast 2016 profits ahead of current market expectations, citing the benefits of several contracts running longer than previous anticipated and others being more profitable.
FTSE boosted by Kingfisher and banks
The FTSE 100 closed up 1.35% (or 83 points) at 6,219.26.
Banks did particularly well over the course of the day.
"UK banks are once again in demand, with a reported rise in mortgage activity at Nationwide further enhancing the attractiveness of names like RBS," Chris Beauchamp, senior market analyst at IG, explained in a note.
Screwfix and B&Q owner Kingfisher rose 3.5% after it reported an increase in first-quarter sales to £2.7bn.
Kingfisher said it had seen a "solid" start to the year with like-for-like sales up 3.6%, with Screwfix sales up 16.2%.
In the UK and Ireland sales rose 6.2%, helped by a 16.2% jump at Screwfix.
Inmarsat shares trade at 18-month low
Inmarsat is once again the biggest faller on the FTSE 100, down 4% after Morgan Stanley cut its rating on the shares.
Satellite companies have been hurt by worries of oversupply and slowing demand for services such as broadband.
Inmarsat shares, at about £61.40, are trading at an 18-month low.
Meanwhile, the FTSE 100 has sunk back into negative territory after a brief rally fizzled out. The index is down 0.33% at 6,136 points.
The biggest riser is Royal Mail, up 3% after having been a big faller last week.
FTSE closes higher as mining stocks climb
After a strong day's trading, the FTSE has closed at 6,148.68 - that's a rise of 95.33 points or 1.57%.
The biggest riser was Coca-Cola HBC after after Citigroup raised its rating on the stock to "buy". It gained 6.4%.
However, as a sector the best performer was mining off the back of increases in the price of metal.
And in New York the main index - Dow Jones, Nasdaq and S&P 500 - are all still up as well.