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Irish shares dip as European traders enjoy May Day break

Irish shares dipped on Monday, taking their cue from early weakness on Wall Street, as traders across continental European markets and much of Asia took the day off to enjoy May Day. Markets were shut for holidays in many countries including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and India. The Iseq index ended […]

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Sterling drop weighs on Iseq as European shares advance

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-than-expected UK economic figures weighed on sentiment. The Iseq index fell 0.2 per cent to 6,798.38 points, resulting in a 0.4 per cent decline for the […]

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Rising US Treasury yields affect shares as Europe edges ahead

European shares edged up on Monday as a rise in US Treasury yields helped lift bank stocks to nearly five-week highs, more than offsetting a disappointing update from UBS and losses among bond-proxy sectors. London’s blue-chip index made gains as the pound continued to fall on expectations that the Bank of England would delay an […]

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Shares rally after Trump signals strike on Syria not imminent

Ireland’s benchmark Iseq overall index outperformed wider European markets on Thursday, rising 0.95 per cent. European shares rose alongside a relief rally across global markets after US president Donald Trump signalled that military strikes in Syria may not be imminent. However, the signals were not sufficient for UK investors, and Britain’s FTSE 100 remained flat […]

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Syria relief rally helps European shares edge higher

Ireland’s benchmark Iseq overall index outperformed wider European markets on Thursday, rising 0.95 per cent. European shares rose alongside a relief rally across global markets after US president Trump signalled that military strikes in Syria may not be imminent. However, the signals weren’t sufficient for UK investors and Britain’s FTSE 100 remained flat on the […]

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European shares post worst quarter in two years despite M&A lift

Merger and acquisition activity gave European shares some relief on Thursday after a tech-led sell-off across global markets earlier in the week, but the Stoxx 600 still posted its worst quarter in the last two years. The Stoxx 600 ended the month on a positive note, up 0.44 points at 370.87 points, but closed the […]

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European shares fall as diplomatic tensions with Russia rise

European shares fell on Monday as a late surge in the euro and diplomatic tensions with Russia more than offset hopes that the protectionist shift in US trade policy may be more selective and tactical than first feared. The regional Stoxx 600 benchmark fell 0.7 per cent to its lowest level since February 2017, having […]

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Markets welcome US jobs growth but Dublin trading subdued

A strong jobs report out of the US boosted European shares on Friday after a sluggish start to trading, while US tariffs on steel and aluminium hit steelmakers. The US jobs data showed the country recorded its biggest increase in more than 18 months in February, but a slowdown in wage gains pointed to only […]

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European shares bounce off six-month lows

European shares bounced off six-month lows on Tuesday as the focus shifted from politics to dealmaking and earnings, with paper and packaging stocks soaring after Smurfit Kappa rejected a bid approach. Telecom Italia jumped 5.9 per cent after activist investor Elliott confirmed it had built a stake in a bid to improve governance and strategy […]

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Bill Gates: cryptocurrencies have ‘caused deaths in a fairly direct way’

Bill Gates, the philanthropist and former chief executive of Microsoft, is concerned by the crytocurrency craze, saying that the anonymity offered by the new technology has “caused deaths in a fairly direct way”. Speaking during a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), Mr Gates argued that “the government’s ability to find money laundering and tax evasion […]

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