Today, the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in London rose 0.33 percent, or 2.81 points, coming to 851.43 points. Mining stocks generally rose sharply, as did financial stocks.

Bellzone Mining (LSE:BZM) today gained 43.71 percent, or GB1.89, to trade at GBP4.34. Bellzone explores, develops and operates iron, copper and nickel projects in the Republic of Guinea. South Africa-focused Strategic Natural Resources (LSE:SNRP) also gained, rising 37.5 percent, or GBP1.55, to trade at GBP4.12.

Oil and gas exploration company Azonto Petroleum (LSE:AZO) today lost 13.56 percent, or GBP0.17, to trade at GBP1.28. Similarly, Berkeley Mineral Resources (LSE:BMR) lost 13.56 percent, or GBP0.17, to trade at GBP1.28. Berkeley has an interest in lead and zinc tailings, and plans to extract them from a mine in Zambia.