FTSE up 0.2%, rising for third straight session.
The blue-chip FTSE 100 index rose by 0.2% to 6,596.72 points in early session trade.
Miners Fresnillo and Antofagasta headed the FTSE's leaderboard, boosted by data after Friday's market close showing new bank loans and money supply in China were higher than expected in July.
Cavendish Asset Management fund manager Paul Mumford said he expected the FTSE 100 to rise further this year, as investors switched out of low-yielding bonds into higher-yielding equities.
"There is a good weight-of-money argument for the FTSE," said Mumford, whose firm manages 750 mln pounds ($1.2 bln) of assets.
The FTSE 100 raced to a 13-year high of 6,875.62 points in late May, before slipping back on expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve would scale back economic stimulus measures that have driven much of the global equity rally this year.
The FTSE 100 remains up by around 12% since the start of 2013, but Central Markets expected near-term gains on the FTSE 100 to be capped.
"Sentiment is supported by stronger economic data out of China but should remain capped by U.S. Fed tapering concern, referring to the possibility of the Federal Reserve reducing its measures to support the U.S. economy by buying bonds," Central Markets wrote in a research note.
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