With its £47 billion (€64.6bn) purchase of BG Group, Royal Dutch Shell has consolidated its position as a leading liquefied natural gas player. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

With its £47 billion (€64.6bn) purchase of BG Group, Royal Dutch Shell has consolidated its position as a leading liquefied natural gas player.But alo(...)

 Royal Dutch Shell is in advanced talks for a possible takeover with British BG Group, the former British Gas. (Photograph: ANDY RAIN/EPA)

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to buy smaller rival BG Group for $70 billion in the first oil super-merger in more than a decade to close the gap with t(...)

A crude oil storage tank  at the Enbridge Inc Cushing storage terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma, US. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The world’s largest oil and gas groups shed more than a billion barrels of reserves in 2014, the sharpest decline in at least six years, according to (...)

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(...)

NYSE traders: Critics say cap-weighted indices run the risk of significant declines if a handful of constituent stocks tumble and that tracker funds will end up being too invested in overpriced stocks, and too little in underpriced stocks. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Traditionally, investors had two choices – track stock markets by buying low-cost index funds, or opt for more expensive active funds that try to beat(...)

Exxon Mobil:  will reduce its share buyback programme in the first quarter by more than half to $1bn. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

Exxon Mobil’s quarterly profit fell 21 per cent as weak oil prices took a toll, but results topped Wall Street expectations due to tax benefits and a (...)

Twitter: results out on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters/Kacper Pempel
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TODAY Results: Exxon Mobil. Indicators: Euro zone Markit manufacturing PMI (Jan); Irish PMI manufacturing (Jan); US ISM manufacturing PMI (Jan) and pe(...)

As 2014 ends, the buy-the-dip trade continues to work its magic.Stocks soared last week after the Federal Reserve said it would be “patient” in decidi(...)

Deal will require approval from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission

Denis O’Brien’s Topaz has confirmed that it is poised to take over rival Esso Ireland in a deal that will see it take around 30 per cent of the motor (...)

Topaz has an annual turnover of €3 billion and processes one million transactions every month. It employs over 1,600 people

Topaz is reported to be in talks to acquire Esso Ireland’s pretrol station business.A spokesman for Topaz, which recently announced plans to create 11(...)