The New York Stock Exchange:  last Tuesday, 499 S&P 500 stocks declined, the second-highest reading since 1996. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

The ongoing angst over the global economy has led to a marked souring in market sentiment in recent weeks. Contrarians like to buy when sentiment hits(...)

The dramatic sell-off in Chinese stocks caused turmoil in markets. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Possibly one of the more alarming repercussions after China’s stock market slide was the arrest of nearly 200 people for online rumour-mongering, as w(...)

European stocks fell on Tuesday, extending the losses of recent weeks after weak manufacturing data from China again raised concerns over the health of its economy. Photo: Reuters

US stocks joined a worldwide sell-off, after equities’ worst month in more than three years amid continuing concerns that China’s slowdown will wei(...)

An office worker watching the FTSE 100, which slumped by another 2 per cent today as fears over the global economy triggered another bleak session for volatile stock markets. Photograph:  PA Wire

US stocks recovered from early losses as St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard said policy makers should consider delaying the end of(...)

Obama’s authorisation of air strikes against militants in Iraq is accelerating a retreat in European stocks that started weeks ago. Photograph: Joshua Card/EPA

The first back-to-back weekly losses in European stocks since March sent markets tumbling across the continent yesterday. US president Barack Obama’s(...)

After news of a possible merger of cement giants, Holcim jumped 6.9 per cent to 80.20 Swiss francs and Lafarge surged 8.1 per cent to €63.63

European stocks rose to a six-year high as Holcim and Lafarge, the world’s biggest and second-biggest cement-makers, said they(...)

On its final day of trading on the Iseq before moving to the FTSE,  Grafton  appeared to reap the rewards of the Government’s proposed financial package for home improvements, the building materials company closing up 1 per cent

Markets around the world had their eyes fixed on progress in US debt ceiling negotiations with a potentially catastrophic deadline looming ever closer(...)

CRH rose 2.2% to €16.45. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

European stocks advanced for a fifth day, extending a nine-week high as company earnings beat estimates and investors studied US jobs data for indicat(...)