Shares of cryptocurrency and blockchain-related firms jumped between 6.7%  and 12%  in New York as bitcoin briefly surged past $50,000. Photograph:  Getty Images

European shares ended flat around a one-year peak on Tuesday as a boost from major mining and bank stocks was tempered by losses in most other sectors(...)

Analysts in US investment bank Jefferies  rushed to the defence of Kerry.

Shares in Kerry Group slid as much as 11.5 per cent on Thursday as a firm claimed it that was “short selling” the stock and issued a report online tha(...)