Espirito Santo plunged 11 per cent to 39.6 cents, its lowest price since June 2012. Photograph: Mario Proenca/Bloomberg

Markets went into retreat yesterday on renewed fears about Portugal’s Banco Espirito Santo and comments from Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen (...)

AstraZeneca shares tumbled more than 11 per cent, helping to pull both the FTSE 100 in London and the pan-European FTSE Eurofirst 300 equity indices down 0.2 per cent.

Fresh uncertainty over the prospects for the Chinese economy and renewed worries about current equity valuations made for a cautious day in the market(...)

Aer Lingus: Closed the day down 0.68 per cent at just under €1.61. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Iseq treaded water on a quiet day of trading as European stocks generally closed little changed, trimming losses in(...)

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Janet Yellen: US stocks fluctuated, after the benchmark index’s biggest two-day decline since June, as a report that  Ms Yellen was picked to lead the Federal Reserve offset concern that the debt impasse will harm the economy. Photograph: Reuters/Gary Cameron

Deadlock in Washington was the main topic on the floors of stock markets yesterday, prompting investors to mark time and wait to see what happens.The (...)

Ryanair closed at €6.54. Photograph: Alan Betson

After the big moves of Monday, markets experienced some pullback yesterday, especially in Europe where most national benchmarks slipped, albeit by ver(...)

Ryanair, in line with the  travel and leisure space generealy, had a remarkable day, finishing up nearly 4 per cent. Photographer: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

Global equity markets and crude oil rose yesterday as investors snapped up riskier assets at the start of a new quarter after data showed US manufactu(...)