HOME STOCKS BETTER.
Ox the whole, a cheerful tone has characterized the Stock Markets during the last few days, a good feature being the firmness of some Home securities. British Funds and kindred stocks have hardened further owing to the effect of cheap money, while some of the leading Home Industrials and even English Railways have advanced on some faint si,gns of a rally in certain sections of trade. The English' Railway traffics have been rather more encouraging and Ordinary and Prior Charge stocks of some of the companies have advanced. The Board of Trade Returns for the month of March were also a little more encouraging than of late. In the speculative markets Mining shares have been buoyant during the greater part of the week.