FTSE 100 buoyed by mining stocks
(Close): London's leading shares rose sharply on Thursday, with mining stocks leading the rally.
By the close, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up by 61.62 points or 1.06% at 5,898.76.
Royal Dutch Shell was up 6.7%, despite announcing its steepest fall in annual profits for 13 years and confirming 10,000 job cuts.
Oil prices have fallen more than 70% since mid-2014, hit by the slowing global economy, the strong US dollar and oversupply.