Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. Positive jobs reports sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average sharply higher. Photograph: Getty Images

European shares posted this year’s biggest advance, buoyed by a surprise election win for the British Conservative party and improving US jobs data.In(...)

A   woman runs past Swiss agrochemicals maker Syngenta’s logo in front of the headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Agrochemicals firm Syngenta on Friday rejected a $45 billion takeover offer from Monsanto, saying the offer undervalued the Swiss firm and did not ful(...)

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 (...)

Out today: Irish industrial production figures for August.  Photograph: Ina Fassbender/Reuters
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TODAY Indicators: Irish vehicles licensed for the first time (Sep); Irish industrial production (Aug); German factory orders (Aug); Euro zone Senti(...)

Tim Hortons employees prepare coffee before the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto. Burger King Worldwide is in talks to acquire Tim Hortons. The combined company would be headquartered in Canada, where Tim Hortons is based and taxes are generally lower than in the US. Photograph: Peter Jones/Reuters
Inversion express slow to crawl

President Barack Obama’s full- throated denunciation of overseas mergers that lower US companies’ taxes is throwing cold water on potential deals. On (...)

The American Farm Bureau is drawing up a code of conduct, but farmers are concerned the data on their individual farms might be misused, sold or leaked to rival farmers. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Monsanto is facing public ire again. By recently acquiring a Silicon Valley start-up called Climate Corporation for $1 billion, Monsanto gained access(...)

Monsanto, known for its  enetically engineered corn, soybeans and other crops,  also announced authorisation of a $10 billion share repurchase. Photograph: REuters

Monsanto reported a 6 per cent drop in quarterly profit yesterday, but shares jumped more than 5 per cent as the world’s largest seed company beat for(...)

Stock markets fell sharply in Europe as Middle East crisis intensifies. Photograph: EPA

European stocks fell sharply as violence in the Middle East escalated and a report showed the US economy shrank in the first quarter by the most sinc(...)

BMW climbed 2.8 per cent to €94.10. UBS upgraded the car maker to buy from neutral, saying its investments in electric-car models confer a competitive advantage over rivals.  Photograph: Fred Rollison/Bloomberg News

The Iseq followed the bulk of European exchanges downwards today, losing 0.5 per cent. European stocks declined for a third day overall, as data sh(...)

Monsanto’s DeKalb brand seed corn sits at the Crop Production Services warehouse in Illinois. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Aaron Kirchfeld, Andrew Noel in London and Patrick Winters in Zurich The desire to avoid US corporate taxes has now spread to agricultural giants – as(...)