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Surging Wall Street futures, bouyed by the US election results, determined the mood, according to Reuters. By 0833 GMT, the FTSE 100 benchmark index was up 25.7 points or 0.7% at 4,171.8 points, after touching 4,192.4, its highest intraday level in more than two weeks.

‘Dealers said the rise was largely due to a surge in U.S. stock index futures, after investors cheered strong gains for the Republican party in US elections, as well as anticipation of a cut in US interest rates,’ said Reuters.

Bus and train company FirstGroup was a significant early riser.

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