London - Britain's blue-chip index rallied on Wednesday for a third straight session, boosted by positive corporate news from miners and financial firms and higher Asian markets.
The FTSE 350 mining sector index was up 3.2 percent, extending the previous sessions's rise of 2.6 percent.
The rally in miners followed a rebound in Chinese stock markets on Wednesday, which reached a three-week high on the hopes of further government stimulus. China is a major consumer of minerals.
China's Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday the government would strengthen fiscal policy, boost infrastructure spending and speed up reform of its tax system to support the economy.
Anglo American jumped 6.9 percent, the top riser on the FTSE 100 after its unit Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) said it had sold its labour-intensive South African mines to bullion producer Sibanye Gold for R4.5 billion ($331 million) to focus on newer, mechanised mines.