StockMarketWire.com - The FTSE 100 continued its upbeat performance, driven higher by the mining sector following the breakthrough on trade between the US and Mexico over the weekend.

The blue-chip index closed 0.5% higher at 7,617.

Evraz strengthened 5.4% to 518p and Anglo American was up 3.2% at £16.26.

BHP Billiton and Glencore both jumped over 2% apiece.

US equities enjoyed positive momentum with the S&P 500 advancing 0.1% to 2,900 around 4:45pm UK time.

Brent crude oil increased 0.3% to $76.44 per barrel and copper climbed 1.4% to $2.73 per pound.

MID AND LARGE CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Shares in budget airline Ryanair flew 2.6% higher to €14.25 after Italian pilots voted in favour of a new Collective Labour Agreement. The company said Italy accounts for 20% of its fleet and pilots.

British distributor Bunzl enjoyed a boost from three recent acquisitions, helping pre-tax profit jump 3.9% to £257.9m in its first half. The company also announced the acquisition of catering equipment supplier Enor. Despite the raft of good news, the shares retreated 0.2% to £23.25.

Plastics packager RPC reported it is selling Letica's food service packaging firm to Graphic Packaging for $95m, but this failed to spark any gains at 759p.

Lloyds was broadly unmoved at 60.9p after completing its £1bn share buyback programme.

SMALL CAP RISERS AND FALLERS

Estate agency Countrywide slumped 10% to 13.4p after investors approved a £140m emergency fundraising.

On AIM, SDX Energy unveiled a slide in first half profits despite stronger oil prices, causing the stock to fall 3.9% to 58.6p.

CSF Group revealed it intends to seek shareholder approval to delist from AIM, causing the shares to plummet 12.8% to 2.05p.

Prairie Mining confirmed press speculation that it is in discussions over a possible transaction between the company and Polish coal mining business JSW, triggering a 21.3% rise to 32.7p.


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