London (AFP) - London's main stock market rallied in early trades on Monday following a strong rebound by Tokyo and pre-weekend gains on Wall Street caused by easing geopolitical concerns.
The benchmark FTSE 100 index of leading shares climbed 0.57 percent to 6,604.71 points at the start of trading.
Elsewhere in Europe Frankfurt's DAX 30 jumped 1.08 percent to 9,106.67 while in Paris the CAC 40 index advanced 0.84 percent compared with Friday's close to stand at 4,182.75 points.
European stock markets had fallen on Friday as investors snapped up haven investments amid US air strikes in Iraq and fierce fighting on Ukraine's eastern border, but closed off multi-month lows.
The Tokyo market meanwhile surged 2.38 percent on Monday, making up most of the losses incurred on Friday after US President Barack Obama's announcement that he had authorised American air strikes in Iraq.
But US markets shrugged off the escalation of violence, ending the week in the black with a big rally on Friday.
"European shares are... receiving a strong boost from sharply rallying overseas markets in Asia and the US," said Markus Huber, senior analyst at broker Peregrine & Black.
"While overall sentiment remains negative and very little has changed over the weekend especially where the continuing escalating situation in eastern Ukraine is concerned, it appears that for many, the extent and speed with which stock prices have been falling in the past few weeks has been somewhat overdone."