easyJet Airbus A319 (Wikimedia)
easyJet shares soared on the back on positive August passenger numbers (Wikimedia)

EasyJet shares soared by more than 5% and mining giants Glencore, Anglo American and BHP Billiton turned around days of losses as the FTSE 100 continued to make gains.

The UK index of leading shares was up 1.82% at 6,194.10 as the market closed on Thursday (3 September), boosted by strong performances by mining and travel firms. The two-day closure of the Shanghai Stock Exchange as China marks the 70th anniversary of its defeat of Japan in World War II is also thought to have brought stability to markets after a chaotic period.

Glencore was the FTSE's star performer, rising 6.64%, while rival Anglo American finished the day up by 6.03%. Budget airline easyJet proved a rainy August is not always bad. The Luton-based firm raised its profit prediction to between £675m and £700m, up from between £620m and £660m, after carried 7.06 million passengers in August.

FTSE 100 biggest risers

Glencore +8.15 +6.64% 130.95
Anglo American
+41.20 +6.03% 725.00
easyJet
+90.00 +5.38% 1,762.00
Morrison Supermarkets
+7.70 +4.72% 170.80
BHP Billiton
+45.50 +4.27% 1,110.00

FTSE 100 biggest fallers

Weir Group -15.00 -1.12% 1,328.00
RSA Insurance
-1.00 -0.20% 508.50
G4S
-0.30 -0.12% 248.50
GKN
-0.30 -0.11% 281.30

FTSE AIM 100 biggest risers

Dart Group +59.75 +13.53% 501.50
Horizon Discovery Group
+10.50 +7.17% 157.00
Epwin Group
+7.00 +5.38% 137.00
Rockhopper Exploration
+2.75 +5.37% 54.00
Ithaca Energy
+1.75 +5.00% 36.75

FTSE AIM 100 biggest fallers

M P Evans Group -20.75 -5.33% 368.75
Staffline Group
-40.00 -2.88% 1,350.00
Velocys
-2.32 -2.00% 84.25
Gooch & Housego
-16.25 -1.91% 833.25
Majestic Wines
-8.00 -1.83% 428.00