StockMarketWire.com - Miners got UK stocks got off to a strong start on Friday as global trade war fears cooled and difficulty in Brexit negotiations weakened the pound, boosting exporters.

At 0858, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 62.29 points, or 0.9%, at 7.429.61.

Glencore, Anglo American, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton rose 3.3%, 2.8%, 2.3% and 2.3%, respectively.

Engineering company Smiths Group slumped 8.7% as weakness in its medical division, which it recently tried to sell, contributed to a 28% fall in annual profit.

Building products supplier SIG slipped 2.8% as it posted a lower-than-expected profit in the first half, after severe winter weather damped construction markets.

Shire said regulators in Japan had granted it manufacturing and marketing authorisation for its treatment of hereditary angioedema attacks. The rare disease-focused company's shares gained 0.3%.

Men's suit retailer Moss Bros tumbled 16% as it swung to a first-half loss, cut its dividend and downgraded its annual guidance, after it suffered from a shortage of stock and wrote down the value of underperforming stores.

Science and technology consultancy Science Group added 5.2% on the back of news that it was reviewing a potential sale of the company, after acknowledging the high concentration of its shareholder base made its stock hard to trade.

Restaurant group Tasty, which owns the Wildwood brand, slumped 17% after booking a deeper first-half loss, blamed on sluggish consumer confidence and the distraction of the World Cup.

Adverting group M&C Saatchi posted a 26% increase in first-half profit as it grew earnings in all of its geographic markets apart from the Americas. Its shares gained 0.6%.

Agriculture and engineering group Carr's rose 0.7% after it announced it acquired animal health products producer Animax for up to £8.5m.

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