StockMarketWire.com - UK stocks opened stronger on Friday following gains on Asian exchanges, with miners leading the charge.

At 0852, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 17.19 points, or 0.3%, at 6.836.14.

Fresnillo, Glencore and Antofagasta led the mining sector higher, with gains of 3.1%, 2.2% and 2.2%, respectively.

Vodafone shed 1.3% as its revenue slipped 6.8% in the third quarter, though the telecom giant also reiterated its annual earnings guidance.

Pub group Fuller Smith & Turner jumped 22% on news it had agreed to sell its entire beer business to Asahi Europe for £250m. The company also revealed a strong sales performance over Christmas and New Years.

Drug developer Indivior fell 1.8% after it announced that a court had temporarily blocked rival Alvogen Pine Brook from selling a generic version of its opioid addiction treatments -- though only until 7 February.

Drinks maker A.G. Barr fell 0.7%, even as it forecast a 5% rise in annual revenue buoyed by market share gains.

Women's fashion retailer Bonmarche rallied 6.7% despite it reporting an 8.1% slump in sales over the festive period -- that at least met its own previously-downgraded expectations.

Online retailer Findel advanced 6.5% on announcing that it expected pre-tax profit to come in toward the upper end of market expectations amid record sales in the weeks leading up to Black Friday.

Software supplier Scisys gained 3.4% after it said it expected to 'comfortably' meet market expectations for both its annual revenue and adjusted operating profit.

Semiconductor wafer manufacturer IQE shed 3.4% as it warned of flat annual revenue, lower earnings and a £4.5m writedown relating to unlet space at a Singapore facility.

Pan African Resources added 1.8%, despite an underground mine closure in South Africa sending first-half gold production down 5%. Production from continuing operations, however, jumped 54%.

Nanomaterial manufacturer Nanoco gained 7.0% on news it had signed a contract extension to deliver additional services and materials to an undisclosed US company. Story provided by StockMarketWire.com