6pm Markets Update

Updated: Wednesday 01 April 2015 18.18

US stocks have fallen for a second day and the dollar dipped after a weaker-than-expected report on private sector employment spurred investor concerns that a highly anticipated monthly US jobs report on Friday could also point to slowing economic growth.  

In Dublin the ISEQ was just one point lower by the end of trading, finishing the day on 6,018.

Shares in IFG Group were up 3.2% to €1.95, while shares in Smurfit Kappa closed 2.8% higher at €26.86. Shares in Aryzta were down 3.4% to €56, while shares in Petroceltic fell 2.5% to €1.65.

Meanwhile in London the FTSE was 36 points (0.5%) higher by the end of the day, finishing on 6,809. In Frankfurt the DAX was 21 points (0.2%) higher at 12,031, while in Paris the CAC was up by 28 points (0.6%) to 5,062.

In New York the Dow Jones was lower by early afternoon, however, shedding 100 points (0.5%) to trade at 17,676. The Nasdaq was down 39 points (0.8%) to 4,861.

Tokyo's Nikkei index lost 172 points (0.9%) to finish at 19,035 after a disappointing business confidence survey showed Japanese firms are increasingly pessimistic about a rebound in the world's number three economy. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong rose by 182 points (0.7%) to finish at 25,083 after an official gauge of Chinese manufacturing activity rebounded in March.