A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Gains in energy and consumer discretionary stocks propped up the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq on Wednesday. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Global stocks edged up on Wednesday on the day UK prime minister Theresa May formally began her country’s divorce from the European Union, a decision (...)

Unilever: The consumer good group surged 13 per cent after rejecting a $143bn takeover offer from  Kraft Heinz. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

European stocks ended the session little changed as a jump in Unilever shares offset declines in banks and commodity producers. The pan-European Stox(...)

A trader works  on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

A rebound in bank shares helped European stocks recover from their biggest drop in more than three weeks, while trading remained thin before the upcom(...)

The New York Stock Exchange earlier on Tuesday: the S&P and the Nasdaq were on track for their best day this month. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Rising commodity prices pulled shares higher and the dollar slipped from a seven-month peak on Tuesday, while sterling jumped on suggestions the UK pa(...)

 Andrew Keating, chief finance officer, and Richie Boucher, chief executive of Bank of Ireland: the bank stocks rose over 5 per cent to €0.26 after it reported an underlying pre-tax profit of €1.2 billion for 2015, an increase of 30 per cent on the previous year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Global stocks rallied on Monday, boosted by a rise in oil and commodity prices, while the euro and the pound fell sharply against the dollar on fears (...)

 Aetna  signage displayed outside of the company’s corporate headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg

Aetna has agreed to buy rival health insurer Humana paying about $35 billion in cash and stock for the second-largest US provider of private health pl(...)

Ryanair had another electric day, closing up 0.6 per cent at a new record high of €12.34. The airline has been enjoying a strong week on the back of positive sentiment around its future earnings

European stocks extended a sell-off as the region’s leaders differed on how Greek talks were progressing. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index lost 0.2 per c(...)

Travel stocks fall on fears over spread of the Ebola virus. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

European stocks sank in huge trading volumes, extending their week-long selloff as concerns about global economic growth spooked investors. In the la(...)

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. Stocks fell sharply, with the S&P 500 posting its biggest one-day percentage drop since April 10th  on news that a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet crashed near the Ukraine-Russia border. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

European shares slumped yesterday, sharply extending losses at the end of the trading day on news that a Malaysian passenger plane had been shot down(...)

Members of Adapt, a grassroots disability rights group that supports Obamacare, march in Washington during the US government shutdown today. Photograph:  Gary Cameron/Reuters

The US government launched the centrepiece of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform today, opening online insurance marketplaces across(...)

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