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FTSE edges higher

The FTSE 100 opened today at 5,033 and edged higher with gains from banks and miners.

The blue-chip index reached an intraday high of 5,061 during morning trades with Royal Bank of Scotland gaining 2.1 per cent to 49.56p, Lloyds Banking Group up 1.1 per cent to 95.98p and Barclays up 1.2 per cent up 366.30p.

Rio Tinto surged ahead by 3.1 per cent to 2,644p, BHP Billiton was 1.9 per cent higher at 1,690p and Anglo American lifted 3.1 per cent to 2,011p.

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