CRH closed up 2.8 per cent at €26.55, following the announcement that regulators had cleared its planned €6.5bn purchase of assets from Holcim and Lafarge. (Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons)

World stocks hit all-time highs on Friday as corporate updates in Europe and a post- dot.com-boom peak for the US Nasdaq stoked investor optimism. Eur(...)

Germany’s Dax, down 1.9 percent, underperformed the wider market, after a recent sharp rally and as the euro gained against the dollar. Photograph: Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski

European stocks slipped on Thursday due to Greece’s worsening financial predicament, while euro zone government borrowing costs, including Ireland’(...)

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 retreating from seven-year highs, after Germany rejected a(...)

Scottish first minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond (centre) visits Ferguson Shipbuilders. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

A stream of young apprentices, fresh-faced and smiling, leave the Scotstoun dockyard in Glasgow, some of the 50 that have been taken on by the yard’s (...)

The longest line at the Farnborough International Airshow last week was for a model aircraft. In the absence of the F-35 Lightning, the colossally exp(...)

The curve of the German share price index DAX board is pictured at the Frankfurt stock exchange. Photograph: Reuters

European shares changed course to climb higher in late trading after fears that tensions over Ukraine would escalate were eased when Russian presid(...)

Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen has pledged to maintain her predecessor’s stimulus policy. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg

European stocks climbed yesterday, extending a third consecutive weekly gain, as investors heeded newly installed Federal Rese(...)

BAE Systems: reported sharp fall in profits. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA

Europe’s biggest defence contractor BAE Systems warned yesterday it expected earnings this year to drop by up to 10 per cent as a result of US (...)

Investors continud to react positively to the announcement that Dragon Oil expects to drill 14-16 wells this year
Dragon Oil lifts Iseq index higher

European shares were little changed today, having retreated earlier in the day as steel pipe makers Tenaris and Vallourec slid 4.5 per cent aft(...)

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