Source - SMW
UK stocks opened stronger on Wednesday after higher commodity prices boosted energy and mining companies. 

At 0858, the benchmark FTSE 100 index was up 26.94 points, or 0.4%, at 7,520.02.

BP continued to gain ground after yesterday's encouraging profit update, rising 0.9%, while Shell added 0.8%.

Antofagasta, Anglo American and Glencore led the mining sector higher, rising 3.2%, 2.5% and 2.4%, respectively. 

Standard Chartered fell 4.9% after a more than doubling of third-quarter pre-tax profits failed to impress investors.

One of the morning's biggest gainers was Paddy Power, which jumped 3.6% amid strong growth in third-quarter revenue. 

Clothing retailer Next, however, fell 5.7% despite eking out quarterly sales growth of 1.3% and sticking to its annual profit guidance, albeit with the range slightly narrowed. 

Smurfit Kappa added 2.0% after price increases improved margins, helping investors overlook a 9% fall in the packaging group's third-quarter pre-tax profit.

Retirement product specialist Just Group slipped 0.5% after announcing that retirement sales for the nine months to the end of September were 1% lower than the pro forma nine-month comparative .