Pick of the early market news

Adrian Holliday

The FTSE 100 sustained Wednesday's gains yesterday, inching five more points up to 5,798. Big gainers were miners, most notably Xstrata (almost 10% up) and Glencore International (almost 7% up). However Unilever shares took a battering (down -4.36%) on volume growth anxieties. European shares also managed to hang onto the optimism, with the German Dax rising almost 40 points to 6,655.