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Italian political crisis sees risk appetite wither in Europe

Politics dominated markets on Monday, with risk appetite withering in Europe as Italy lurched toward fresh elections. The region’s shares and currency reversed early gains. Holidays in the US and UK also slowed trade. DUBLIN Traders complained that business in Dublin was “very, very quiet”, largely thanks to the closure of New York and London […]

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Italian politics dominate markets on a day when US and UK holidays slowed trade

Politics dominated markets on Monday, with risk appetite withering in Europe as Italy lurched toward fresh elections. The region’s shares and currency reversed early gains. Holidays in the US and UK also slowed trade. DUBLIN Traders complained that business in Dublin was “very very quiet”, largely thanks to the closure of New York and London […]

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Ryanair lifts Iseq as global investors hail easing US-China trade wars threat

The Iseq surged 1.2 per cent on Monday, helped by a surge Ryanair, one of the index’s heavyweight stocks, and as investors globally were cheered by easing trade tensions between the US and China. The Iseq closed at 7,181.25, less than 55 points off the decade-high reached by the index in January before equities were […]

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Smurfit Kappa gains in Dublin after positive trading update

Healthcare and technology companies led gains in European equities on Friday as the euro slipped amid mounting concern about the region’s economic outlook. Financial stocks recovered some earlier losses incurred after disappointing earnings reports from BNP Paribas, Société Générale and HSBC. Wall Street was led by gains for Apple after Berkshire Hathaway, the company owned […]

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European shares end April on a high as UK merger shakes up retail

A multi-billion pound merger between British supermarket Sainsbury’s and Asda shook up retail stocks on Monday while European benchmarks ended April with their strongest monthly gains since 2016. The pan-European Stoxx index rose 0.1 per cent while Germany’ s Dax gained 0.3 per cent, buoyed by investors’ improved risk appetite as inter-Korea tensions eased and […]

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Markets edge down on trade war jitters

Stock markets edged downwards on Friday after US president Donald Trump’s threat to impose an extra $100 billion in tariffs on China exacerbated fears of a more serious trade dispute, while the dollar paused ahead of crucial US payrolls data. European shares followed their Asian counterparts into the red but the falls were limited, and […]

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Markets edge down on trade war jitters

Stock markets edged downwards on Friday after US president Donald Trump’s threat to impose an extra $100 billion in tariffs on China exacerbated fears of a more serious trade dispute, while the dollar paused ahead of crucial US payrolls data. European shares followed their Asian counterparts into the red but the falls were limited, and […]

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European stocks dip on beginning of second quarter

Ireland’s top share index fell with other European bourses at the start of the second quarter, but stocks including Glenveagh and Cairn edged up on the day. European stocks retreated on Tuesday as investors began the second quarter in a fragile mood amid international trade tensions and mounting pressure on big technology companies. US stocks […]

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Shares fall as trade war concerns depress confidence

Shares slid on Wednesday as trade war fears dented investors’ confidence and the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.25 per cent. DUBLIN Financial services group IFG fell 2.91 per cent to €2.12 after reporting 2017 losses of €400,000. Elsewhere in Dublin, stocks exposed to Britain’s retail or consumer market suffered in the wake […]

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Market shares fall as trade war concerns depress confidence

Shares slid on Wednesday as trade war fears dented investors’ confidence and the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.25 per cent. DUBLIN Financial services group IFG fell 2.91 per cent to €2.12 after reporting 2017 losses of €400,000. Elsewhere in Dublin, stocks exposed to Britain’s retail or consumer market suffered in the wake […]

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