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* FTSE 100 up 0.2 pct

* FTSE 250 rises 0.7 pct

* Plus500 the best mid-cap performer after trading update

Dec 27 (Reuters) - British stocks opened higher on Thursday,in line with most equity markets after Wall Street bounced backdramatically after upbeat U.S. data and the Trumpadministration's effort to shore up confidence helped easeconcerns about an economic slowdown.

The FTSE 100 .FTSE added 0.2 percent after initiallyrising as much as 0.6 percent, while the FTSE 250 mid-cap .FTMC index gained 0.7 percent by 0820 GMT, sparking smallhopes of a late Santa rally that has eluded investors all month.

The Dow Jones .DJI shot over 1,000 points on Wednesday,with all three main U.S. indexes recording their biggestintraday percentage gains in almost a decade by the end of thesession. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N1YV107

London's bourse was also supported by a rise in miningstocks, buoyed by higher copper prices on the back of a rally infinancial and commodity markets.

The mid-cap index, which is more domestically focused,benefited from a 7 percent jump in online trading platformPlus500 PLUSP.L that led finance stocks higher.

Plus500 rose after saying it expects its 2018 results to topmarket expectations thanks in part to market volatility inrecent months. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL3N1YW1ZO

AIM-listed shares of Earthport PlcEPO.L , a provider ofpayment services, roughly quadrupled in value to match the30-pence-a-share buyout offer from U.S. payments firm Visa IncV.N . (Reporting by Muvija M and Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru,editing by Louise Heavens) ((Muvija.M@thomsonreuters.com; within U.S. +1 646 223 8780,outside U.S. +91 80 6749 3638; Reuters Messaging:muvija.m.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

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