LONDON — British stocks had a strong start to the week on Monday morning, with the FTSE 100 opening up around 0.75% as traders take their cue from strong Asian markets overnight and await the first reports of official Brexit talks between the UK and EU.
The index was up 0.75% ten minutes after the open to trade at 7,519.5 points. Here is the chart: Brexit secretary David Davis heads to Brussels to begin official negotiations with EU officials on Monday, and the index's performance is likely to be significantly influenced by the tone and sentiment emerging from the talks.
Victory for pro-European Union French President Emmanuel Macron in Sunday's parliamentary elections is also providing a boost.
Mike van Dulken and Henry Croft, analysts at Accendo Markets, say in a morning note: "A positive opening call comes as traders welcome another Macron victory in France, this time in Parliamentary elections, which give hope to him passing reforms that can help both the French economy and thus Europe.
"There is also optimism about a positive start to UK-EU Brexit negotiations which kick off today in Brussels. The GBP may be off its lows, but not proving a FTSE hindrance yet."
Big gainers on the index were mining firms Anglo American, up 2.05%, Antofagasta, up 1.73%, and Glencore, up 1.72%.