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A “floor closed” sign  inside the New York Stock Exchange  on May 26th.  Investors’ optimism led highly-rated companies to raise a record $1 trillion of debt in the first five months of the year.  Photograph: Getty Images

Citigroup said financial markets were “way ahead of reality” with tougher times to come, warning corporate clients that they should raise as much mone(...)

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits totalled a seasonally adjusted 3.839 million for the week ended April 25th

Millions more Americans filed claims for unemployment benefits last week, suggesting that layoffs were spreading to industries that were not initially(...)

The sun sets behind smoke rising from the LyondellBasell refining plant in Houston, Texas, on April 20th, the day US crude oil prices ended in negative territory for the first time. Photograph: Mark FelixAFP

What’s next for oil prices? Given no one foresaw what happened last week, when oil prices went negative for the first time in history, it may be wise (...)

Even investors with ample faith in the ECB’s ability to keep spreads under control worry about a populist backlash inside Italy against the lack of solidarity shown so far by EU peers. Photograph: The New York Times

Rising borrowing costs for countries such as Italy show that the European Central Bank has a fight on its hands to prevent a new debt crisis, say anal(...)

For punch-drunk financial markets, truly scary numbers seem to have lost their shock value. Graphic: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

For punch-drunk financial markets, truly scary numbers seem to have lost their shock value. Take Chinese data published on Friday, showing the world’(...)

Sliding oil prices and grim predictions about the global economy dragged the Ftse 100 down

European shares closed firmly in the red on Wednesday, ending a five-day rally as the first batch of earnings reports underlined the business damage f(...)

Even with all the challenges, analysts expect Bank of America to weather the downturn better than its peers. File photograph: Getty

Citigroup reported a 46 per cent plunge in quarterly profit on Wednesday as the bank set aside nearly $5 billion (€4.59 billion) to prepare for an exp(...)

Stock markets were in decline again on Wednesday. Photograph: iStock

European shares closed down more than 3 per cent and Wall Street stocks recoiled from four-week highs on Wednesday amid dire forecasts for the worst e(...)

DAA, the company that runs Dublin Airport, is due to publish its annual report and financial results for 2019 in the coming weeks. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

MONDAY Bank holiday TUESDAY Results: United Airlines, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Johnson & Johnson. Indicators: Irish trade statistics (Jan); (...)

The best performing Irish stock of the day was Ryanair, which finished up 15 per cent.

Global markets rose on Monday, encouraged by a slowdown in coronavirus-related deaths and new cases, though a delay in talks between Saudi Arabia and (...)

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