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

European stocks surpassed their recent highs as Greece won tentative approval for a four-month extension from euro zone ministers.The news was follow(...)

 BHP Billiton Ltd: additional ore in a market where there is a lack of corresponding demand growth

The head of the world’s largest mining company BHP Billiton said on Tuesday that the price of its main commodity, iron ore, was likely to fall in the (...)

Sam Walsh, chief executive officer of Rio Tinto Group after announcing the group’s latest results

Global miner Rio Tinto handed $2 billion in capital to shareholders on top of a higher than expected dividend on Thursday, despite reporting its worst(...)

Hurricane Fly  clears  the last with a stumbling Jezki to win  the Irish Champion Hurdle for a fifth time in a row yesterday: Photograph Brian Lawless/PA Wire

“Greatest-of-all-time” arguments may be futile, but Hurricane Fly’s claims to be regarded as the finest hurdler ever produced in Ireland were undersc(...)

Ruby Walsh, left, on board Hurricane Fly clears the last hurdle ahead of Tony McCoy and Jezki during the Ryanair Hurdle at Leopardstown in December. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The four year old Fiscal Focus is an intriguing ‘unknown-factor’ going into Leopardstown’s BHP Irish Champion Hurdle but the youngster faces a mammoth(...)

The Swiss National Bank scrapped its euro cap on the franc and drove Swiss stocks down nearly 9 per cent, their biggest one-day percentage fall for at least 25 years. One trader described the central bank’s move as “carnage”. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Switzerland’s move to jettison a three-year-old cap on the franc threw global markets into turmoil yesterday, sending the currency and most European(...)

Dermot Weld will rely on star young jockey Johnny Burke for Tandem’s bid for success in Sunday’s €100,000 Boylesports Hurdle at Leopardstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Dermot Weld plans to pitch Tandem into Sunday’s €100,000 Boylesports Hurdle and will turn to star young jockey Johnny Burke for the job of guiding hi(...)

Bank of Ireland climbed 2.21 per cent to 32.4 cents. Volumes were decent, with 292 million shares changing hands

Markets bounced back from an earlier slide as hydrocarbon and mining stocks regained some momentum following increases in oil and metals prices.Hopes(...)

Traders said CRH was the most heavily traded stock on the Iseq

The Iseq nudged up by close to 1 per cent as, despite worries over Russia’s economy, a rally in energy shares sent US and European equities higher af(...)

In London Marks & Spencer lost 3 per cent amid signs that the retailer’s recently overhauled online service has been struggling to cope with Christmas demand

The latest signs of weakness from the Chinese economy spooked investors during a dismal start to the week for European markets.Mining stocks came und(...)