FTSE lifted by ECB chief's comments

AOL Money Staff

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London's leading shares index has made tentative gains after the head of the European Central Bank reassured ailing countries that emergency support was on standby.

The FTSE 100 Index was 28.5 points higher at 5856 as traders took heart in Mario Draghi's comments on Thursday, in which the ECB boss said its recently unveiled plan to buy up government bonds was available on request.