Greece’s Alpha Bank AE rallied 17 percent. “Today is a huge relief for the banks, which are a big part of the index, because part of the story is that they will be kept afloat,” said analyst Jean-Paul Jeckelmann Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

European stocks surpassed their recent highs as Greece won tentative approval for a four-month extension from euro zone ministers.The news was follow(...)

In Dublin, Bank of Ireland was the main mover on the day, up 5 per cent at 31.7 cent as about 100 million shares changed hands. Photograph: Frank Miller

European stocks climbed after a report showed the German economy accelerated. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index added 0.6 per cent to 377.07 at the cl(...)

Gary McGann, chief executive officer, Smurfit Kappa Group, said that the group’s 2014 performance is “strong evidence of the resilience of our integrated and geographically diverse business model”.   (Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES)

Smurfit Kappa Group, the paper and packaging giant, is eyeing further expansion through buyouts in Europe and Latin America. Ian Curley, the chief fin(...)

Rolls Royce: results out on Friday.  Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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TODAY Results: Hasbro. Indicators: Euro zone Sentix investor confidence (Feb); US labour market conditions index (Jan); German trade balance (Dec) and(...)

Traders work at their screens in front of the German share price index DAX board at the stock exchange in Frankfurt yesterday. Photograph: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

Markets rose amid hopes that the European Central Bank’s (ECB) €1.14 trillion stimulus plans will spark economic growth in the region.Analysts said t(...)

Dublin index heavyweight CRH added 1.17 per cent to close at €19.83

European markets rose as oil company gains helped to counterbalance a sharp fall in Swiss equities sparked by the country’s national bank decision to(...)

Bank of Ireland climbed 2.21 per cent to 32.4 cents. Volumes were decent, with 292 million shares changing hands

Markets bounced back from an earlier slide as hydrocarbon and mining stocks regained some momentum following increases in oil and metals prices.Hopes(...)

Mario Draghi: he  said, at the European Banking Congress, that the ECB must drive inflation higher quickly, and will broaden its asset-purchase program if needed to achieve that. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Without any major advance, global markets hovered at elevated levels amid continued expectation in the investment community that European Central Ban(...)

Gary  McGann will today join Paddy Power as an independent non-executive director and as a member of the audit committee.

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has appointed Smurfit Kappa chief executive Gary McGann to its board.Mr McGann will today join Paddy Power as an independe(...)

After European Central Bank president Mario Draghi promised last Friday to use whatever means necessary to raise inflation, investors bet that the ECB would soon unveil new measures, possibly including government bond purchases. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

The Iseq in Dublin rose by 0.6 per cent as most euro zone markets advanced on expectations of more monetary stimulus. After European Central Ba(...)