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(...)

The European Commission has approved CRH’s planned €6.5 billion purchase of assets from rivals Holcim and Lafarge.

The European Commission has approved CRH’s planned €6.5 billion purchase of assets from rivals Holcim and Lafarge. Holcim and Lafarge agreed a €40 bil(...)

Supermarket chain Sainsbury rose after deciding to axe 800 store jobs in a drive to cut costs. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

European stocks declined yesterday as data showed euro zone output expanded at a slower pace in April and Ericsson-led technology shares lowered. A(...)

Although still off its highs, the Iseq 20 has performed strongly in recent years, and is up by 20.1 per cent so far in 2015. (Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times)

A low cost fund offering investors the ability to access the largest names on the Irish stock market was re-launched on Monday.European ETF specialis(...)

Aer Lingus shed some of the gains it made on Thursday on the back of reports the Government was close to agreeing to sell the State’s stake to  IAG. Photograph: Alan Betson

European stocks slid on Friday as concern over the impact of Greek debt was exacerbated by declines in the US and Asia. A two-hour blackout at news a(...)

Six companies on the ISE’s equity markets raised a total of €2.2billion in the first quarter. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/Irish Times

The strong demand for Irish shares witnessed last year continued into the first quarter of 2015 with record equity trades reported, according to new f(...)

With CRH’s acquisition of Holcim-Lafarge assets dependent on a merger, the Irish company’s shares increased 2.9 per cent to €24.98.

European stocks climbed to a record high amid better-than- estimated German industrial output, and oil rebounded from the biggest decline in two mont(...)

Lafarge’s Bruno Lafont: due to propose a chief executive candidate for Holcim within the next two weeks. Photograph: Kosuke Okahara/Bloomberg

Building materials group Lafarge’s boss Bruno Lafont wants someone with experience of the cement industry to be chief executive in the French group’s (...)

Bank of Ireland rose nearly 1 per cent to close at 35 cent, buoyed by a sector-wide surge in stocks

Banks led European stocks higher after equities completed the biggest quarterly advance since 2009. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index added 0.3 per cent to (...)

Holcim  and Lafarge  agreed a merger to create the world’s biggest cement maker with more than $40 billion in sales and cut overcapacities and energy expenses. However, merger talks appear to be stalling. (Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg)

Shares in French cement group Lafarge fell by around 2 per cent on Monday after two shareholders of its Swiss merger partner Holcim appeared unhappy(...)