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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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London Stock Exchange has laid out plan for trading link with Shanghai

London Stock Exchange Group has laid out a blueprint for its long-awaited trading link with Shanghai, an initiative that will further China’s efforts to integrate with the international financial system. The London-Shanghai Stock Connect will allow companies from China to sell global depository receipts in the UK, and enable London-traded firms to list similar securities […]

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Oil stocks and online supermarket Ocado buoy European equities

European shares rose on Thursday to a fresh three-month high as oil stocks rallied and online supermarket Ocado shot up after it signed a game-changing deal in the United States. The pan-European Stoxx 600 ended up 0.7 per cent, while Italy’s benchmark index bounced 0.3 per cent following heavy losses in the previous session on […]

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Italian political risk scares investors but Europe closes higher

Irish stocks edged higher on Wednesday while a weak euro provided support to the broader European market. In Italy, investors on the Milan bourse were scared off after the country’s two anti-system parties made progress in forming a coalition – thus potentially freeing up billions for tax cuts and welfare. Britain’s FTSE 100 was driven […]

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Oil rally drives European shares higher

European shares were supported on Wednesday by strength in oil stocks after US president Donald Trump pulled the United States out of Iran’s nuclear agreement, boosting crude prices. While some well-received earnings updates also provided support to the overall market, shares in companies with exposure to Iran fell, with plane maker Airbus and car makers […]

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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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Sterling slips to five week low ahead of GDP data

Sterling slipped to a five-week low on Thursday as investors grew wary about the outlook for the British currency before a central bank meeting next month and the dollar consolidated gains after a sharp rally this week. The British currency edged 0.1 per cent lower at $1.3915, taking its losses so far this month to […]

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AGMs, Apple’s back tax, betting tax and the sale of hundreds of Dublin apartments

It’s a busy morning on the Irish corporate front with figures out from CRH, while AIB, Glanbia and Tullow Oil all hold agms. Glanbia directors are expected to come under fire at its agm in Kilkenny over the price it pays farmers for milk and how it funds various supplier support schemes. The company last […]

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