The mining sector was in good spirits despite US President Donald Trump announcing new tariffs targeting $200bn worth of Chinese goods.

Glencore rose 2.5% to 307.8p followed by Fresnillo, up 2.3% at 806.6p.

Peers Antofagasta and Anglo American also enjoyed gains of at least 1.3% each.

The FTSE 100 traded 0.1% higher at 7,309 around midday.

Brent crude oil increased 1.1% to $79 per barrel and copper climbed 1.6% to $2.68 per pound.


Online supermarket Ocado enjoyed 11.5% sales growth in the 13 weeks to 2 September. Despite a slowdown in growth, shares in Ocado advanced 3.9% to 948p.

Shares in hospital group Spire Healthcare hit nearly an all-time low at 162.8p on a significant decline in NHS admissions, lower than expected growth in private admissions and investment in the business.

US financial services specialist March & McLennan agreed to buy insurer Jardine Lloyd Thompson in a deal that values the latter at approximately £4.3bn. Shares in Jardine Lloyd Thompson surged 30.9% to £18.74.


Radio frequency mesh networks provider CyanConnode sparked 39.8% to 9.4p on a $11.6m purchase order relating to a smart metering deployment by an Indian state-owned utility.

There was also good news from smart pallet innovator RM2 International after winning a contract worth $1.5m on an annual basis, triggering a 50.6% rally in the previously bombed out stock to 0.8p.

Recruitment business Kellan lost two fifths of its market value after announcing it is considering delisting from AIM.