FTSE 100 Up 30 Points As Miners Rally On A Weaker Dollar

U.K. shares traded modestly higher on Friday as oil and metal prices gained ground on a weaker dollar.

Stocks were moving in a narrow range as investors awaited a key U.S. jobs report due out later in the day for further clues on the health of the world's largest economy and the timing of the next interest rate hike.

Investors also awaited cues from a key meeting of China's top legislature starting tomorrow and the ECB and BoJ policy meetings due next week for signs of further global monetary stimulus.

The benchmark FTSE 100 was up 30 points or 0.50 percent at 6,161 in early trade after declining 0.3 percent on Thursday.

BHP Billiton shares climbed 4 percent despite global rating agency Moody's Investors Service downgrading its debt rating by two notches, citing deterioration in the company's earnings and cash flow.

Antofagasta, Anglo American and Glencore all jumped over 5 percent.

London Stock Exchange Group dropped 1 percent on reporting a 31 percent rise in full-year adjusted pre-tax profit and hiking dividend.

Budget airline EasyJet rallied 3 percent. A pastor was removed from a plane at Luton airport for security reasons after a fellow passenger saw a message mentioning 'prayer' on his mobile phone.

Advertising group WPP slid half a percent. Chief Executive Martin Sorrell sounded a little bit cautious about the outlook despite the company posting 4.2 percent annual growth in like-for-like revenue for January, ahead of budget.

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