European Central Bank  asset buying is helping bank earnings, with firms such as Intesa Sanpaolo SpA saying profit doubled in the first quarter as it sold government bonds. (Photograh: FRANK RUMPENHORST/EPA)

The investment of choice for bulls seeking risk, value and domestic growth? European banks. The shares have jumped 28 per cent since a January low, b(...)

More than 550,000 equities in building materials giant CRH changed hands in Dublin

Retailers and miners helped European stocks post their best three-day advance since January. Analysts believe both sides will find a way to hold off (...)

Aer Lingus fell by as much as 10 per cent in Dublin in the afternoon, before coming back to close around 4.4 per cent down to €2.12 when the market closed

A drop in banks led European stocks lower, with concern growing over the political situation in Greece. Greece’s ASE Index lost 4.8 per cent as Natio(...)

Richie Boucher, chief executive of Bank of Ireland, is leading the bank back to recovery.(Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times)

An expected quantitative easing programme from the European Central Bank (ECB) is set to boost Bank of Ireland’s prospects, Bank of America Merrill L(...)

An Alitalia logo sits on the wing of an aircraft operated by Alitalia during its flight from Fiumicino airport in Rome. Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi’s state-owned Etihad Airways said today it had agreed principal terms and conditions to buy a 49 per cent stake in Italy’s loss-making airli(...)

A branch of UniCredit in Milan. A preliminary agreement on a new vehicle for bad loans is expected to be announced shortly.

Italy’s two largest banks, UniCredit and Intesa Sanpaolo, are teaming up with US private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to pool some of th(...)

Netflix continued its downward trend, slipping 1.6 per cent to $358.50.

Stocks rose yesterday as data emerged showing confidence is up in a number of European economies and in the US. Traders (...)

Chief executive Carlo Messina presented a strategic plan  that includes closing 800 branches. Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy’s second-biggest bank, posted a €5.19 billion fourth-quarter loss, following UniCredit in a balance-sheet clean-up befor(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan with ECB vice president Vitor Constancio at the IIEA conference on the future of banking in Europe in Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

European Central Bank vice president Vitor Constancio said today the region could see a wave of bank mergers as the presence of the Single Supervisory(...)

Air France-KLM has refused to take up its share of the cash call

Italian airline Alitalia received less than two-thirds of the €300 million it was seeking in an emergency cash call, and said it expected to raise the(...)