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 US stocks turned lower on Thursday as the first contraction in the manufacturing sector in nearly a decade and uncertainty about future interest rate cuts overshadowed an initial boost from upbeat retail earnings. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

European shares fell on Thursday as mixed readings of business growth across major economies and uncertainty over the US interest rate outlook made in(...)

Aryzta chairman Gary McGann  during the company’s last annual shareholder meeting. The food group was the best performer on the Iseq on Wednesday. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

European stock markets crept higher on Wednesday as defensive shares gained ground, but rising tensions between Italy and the European Commission over(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The S&P 500 overcame morning weakness to push higher, while Nvidia, Adobe, Microsoft and Apple led the Nasdaq indexes to solid advances.

Baked goods group Aryzta and Ryanair stood out as a weak spots on an otherwise flat performance by Irish shares on Monday, as the wider European marke(...)

Ireland’s main share index outperformed most of its European peers on Friday with a 1.08 per cent rise led by positive moves in CRH and Ryanair. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish shares outperformed European peers on a day when global equities rose with strong economic data coming from the US. Meanwhile, Britain’s Ftse c(...)

Riskier assets were in favour on Wall Street in early afternoon trading. Photograph: Bloomberg

Stock markets rose globally on Wednesday as investors cheered the outcome of the US midterm elections, which, in delivering a gridlocked Congress, eas(...)

The markets hit session lows  after US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin (above)  pulled out of a major investment conference in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

European shares swung back into the red yesterday as fears of rising rates and disappointing earnings from US industrials dragged Wall Street down, wh(...)

Potential political turmoil in Spain and Italy rocked Europe’s markets

Borrowing costs and rising oil prices dampened any gains on the European and US markets in the final session of the week. The Iseq index closed margin(...)

Permanent TSB declined 1.6 per cent to €1.75. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Iseq index stood out as a weak spot across European markets on Friday as a drop in the value of sterling against the euro as a result of weaker-th(...)

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi at  a news conference following the governing council’s interest rate decision at the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

News in foreign exchange markets far outweighed that in equities on Thursday as the euro surged to a three-year high after European Central Bank presi(...)

A mud figure of Carles Puigdemont, known as caganer (Catalan for defecator): More than 1,300 firms have moved their headquarters from Catalonia in the three weeks following its  illegal referendum for independence. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

The secessionist process initiated by Catalonia’s regional government has prompted companies to relocate in other Spanish regions to ensure continued (...)

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