The Nasdaq dipped below 5,000 the day after scaling the milestone level for the first time in 15 years. Photograph: Reuters.

Shares in mainland Europe rose to their highest level for seven years but British and US stocks eased some of their recent gains. In Dublin, the Iseq(...)

Trader Fred DeMarco watches a screen as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange: The longer you hold equities, the greater your chances of a decent return. But how long is necessary? Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

(...) critique misses the pointNobel economist Robert Shiller (inset) has been shifting out of US equities lately(...)

Fyffes, the banana distributor, slipped more than 1.5 per cent to close the day at €1.17 per share. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The Dublin stock exchange reached its highest level since 2008, climbing 1.1 per cent.Shares rose across most of Europe, building on their best start(...)

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen during a hearing of the house financial services committee on Capitol Hill today. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

(...) equities markets remained optimistic. Investors expect a boost from the European Central Bank(...)

European markets are in retreat after indices such as Germany’s DAX reached record highs. (Photgraph: Reuters)

(...), retreating from a seven-year high hit on Tuesday. European equities markets remained optimistic, though(...)

Greece’s Alpha Bank AE rallied 17 percent. “Today is a huge relief for the banks, which are a big part of the index, because part of the story is that they will be kept afloat,” said analyst Jean-Paul Jeckelmann Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

(...) that it would be “patient” in raising interest rates. Both developments boosted equities across Europe(...)

Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve, is to face pointed questions on rate hike timing.

(...) raising rates. European equities and bonds gained after euro-region finance ministers approved the Greece(...)

(...) seriously long horizons, equities are a great bet, returning more than 9 per cent annually, or 6-7 per cent(...)

Ryanair put in another strong performance, on back of steady volumes, closing the day 29 cent or 3.3 per cent up at €9.96 following a sector-wide trend. Photograph: Robin Townsend/EPA

Stock markets around the world clung to modest gains on Thursday, with European equities(...)

Euro Equities. Kering is the majority owner of Puma, which yesterday reported a 6.3 per cent increase(...)