In Europe, stocks rose to their highest levels in a week, although Ireland lagged slightly behind the trend

A global gauge of stock markets rose as investors were cautiously optimistic about a possible de-escalation of the conflict in the Russia-Ukraine b(...)

Protesters outside the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon on Tuesday during a rally against the state budget for 2014. Photograph: EPA/Jose Sena Goulao

Portugal is preparing for its first initial public offering (IPO) in more than five years as the nation recovers from 10 straight quarters of contract(...)

Janet Yellen: US stocks fluctuated, after the benchmark index’s biggest two-day decline since June, as a report that  Ms Yellen was picked to lead the Federal Reserve offset concern that the debt impasse will harm the economy. Photograph: Reuters/Gary Cameron

Deadlock in Washington was the main topic on the floors of stock markets yesterday, prompting investors to mark time and wait to see what happens.The (...)