Source - SMW
UK stocks opened stronger on Friday, led by miners.

At 0856, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 19.82 points, or 0.3%, at  7,542.86.

Antofagasta, Anglo American and Rio Tinto posted the biggest gains among miners, adding 2.6%, 1.7% and 1.4%, respectively.

Intercontinental Hotels fell 0.8% after the company reported 2.3% growth in third-quarter revenue per available room and said it remained confident in its full-year outlook.

Smiths Group added 0.5% after announcing it had de-risked its pension liabilities by entering into a £207m bulk annuity buy-in agreement with Canada Life.

Dechra Pharmaceuticals said its performance in the first quarter was in line with management expectations. Its shares were flat.

Record tumbled 8.1% after the currency manager said its September assets under management expressed as sterling had fallen by 1.1% to £45.6b.

Small-cap pharmaceutical group Oncimmune lost 0.4% after it posted a narrower annual loss, though revenue halved.

One of the morning's best performers was construction company Henrgy Boot, which jumped 8.3% after stating that it expects its performance for the year ending 31 Dec to be materially ahead of its existing forecasts.