Apple shares were higher  after it posted a strong earnings report, driven by iPhone sales. Shares of Apple gained 2.5 per cent in New York. Photograph: Paul Miller/EPA

US and European stocks rose on Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve’s decision, which investors hoped would clarify the central bank’s rate hike p(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

An initially positive start to the quarter for stocks in Europe and the United States fizzled out as a mostly disappointing batch of economic reports (...)

Burnt out: Ageing oil fields in the North Sea look very vulnerable and could face early closures and accelerated moves to decommission them

Shouting to be heard over an Arctic blast, Alistair Hope points out a dozen oil platforms, some nearby, their gas flares illuminating a heavy North S(...)

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(...)

Royal Dutch Shell said third- quarter profit rose 31 per cent to $5.8 billion (€4.6 billion). Photo: Bloomberg

Royal Dutch Shell said third-quarter profit rose, beating estimates, as earnings from refining and natural gas offset the impact of lower crude prices(...)

Ryanair and Aer Lingus were dragged down in a sector-wide slide in airline stock linked to Germany’s Lufthansa lowering of its profit forecast earlier in the week.

European stocks were little changed yesterday despite poor retail sales and jobs data from the US, while oil prices hit a three-month peak on escalat(...)

Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve, during a news conference yesterday. The Fed says it will look at a wide range of data in determining when to raise its benchmark interest rate from zero. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Most European stocks slipped as investors weighed the remark by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen that bench(...)

Aer Lingus shed 4 cent before settling at €1.399. Photograph: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

Markets were not exactly on fire yesterday, but the general trend was positive as the bank holiday weekend approached. International data was mixed, w(...)

Brent futures edged below $109 a barrel this morning as  lingering concerns over the US government shutdown clouded the outlook for demand.

Brent futures edged below $109 a barrel this morning as oil production resumed in the Gulf of Mexico after a tropical storm, while lingering concerns (...)

Cothraí Gogan: spent several weeks in prison at the end of the Biafran war, and was eventually repatriated to Ireland

The full story of the impact of Irish missionaries on the lives of people in modern Nigeria has yet to be told. In the recent death of Cothraí(...)