A festive bauble in front of the New York Stock Exchange: the mood was upbeat on stock markets ahead of Christmas. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

European shares hit a one-month high on Thursday, led by gains in banking stocks as signs that the impact of the Omicron variant may be less severe th(...)

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. US futures drifted and stocks were mixed as investors weighed earnings from technology heavyweights. Treasuries fell ahead of the Fed’s rate decision. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

European stocks resumed their climb on Wednesday as encouraging earnings reports from British bank Barclays and luxury group Kering helped investors (...)

In New York, the Nasdaq fell in early trading, led by a slide in shares of technology-related companies. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

European shares retreated from near one-year highs on Wednesday as concerns over a possible spike in inflation and rising bond yields prompted investo(...)

A festive toy bull decorates a trader’s desk monitor near the Dax index yield curve at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Photograph: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

European shares closed higher on Wednesday after the publication of upbeat regional business activity data as well as rising hopes for a Brexit trade (...)

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Growing concerns about the ability of markets to withstand the impact of coronavirus on real-world economies took its toll on Friday as markets eased (...)

US health officials have reported more than 2,000 cases of vaping-related lung illness and 47 deaths linked to its use in the country. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The world’s second largest tobacco maker, British American Tobacco (BAT), said on Wednesday a slowdown in the US vaping market would lead to lower rev(...)

Royal Mail plummeted 14.2% in London after warning its turnaround plan was running behind schedule. Photograph: PA Wire

European stocks were under pressure on Thursday after a political stand-off between the US and China cast severe doubt over prospects of a trade deal.(...)

Philip Morris International is in merger talks with Altria in a deal that would combine the international and US makers of Marlboro, creating a tobacco giant with a market value of more than $210 billion. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty Images

Philip Morris International is in merger talks with Altria in a deal that would combine the international and US makers of Marlboro, creating a tobacc(...)

Smurfit Kappa had a strong day on the Iseq, with the paper and packaging company bouncing 3.6 per cent to €29.56. Photograph: Luke Mac Gregor/Bloomberg

European equities staged a sharp recovery after last week’s market carnage and a sluggish Monday session as most sectors rallied and investors turned (...)

Brian Cowen. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Brian Cowen Former taoiseach Brian Cowen retired from politics in February 2011, having served as leader since May 2008. The Co Offaly politician, (...)

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