6pm Markets Update

Updated: Friday 05 February 2016 18.02

European equities ended lower after a choppy session today, with the sell-off accelerating in late business after US jobs data left investors guessing about the possibility of an interest rate hike this year.

In London the FTSE fell 1.23% to close on 6,075, while all of the major euro zone markets also dropped.

The CAC in Paris lost 0.66% to 4,200, and in Frankfurt the DAX fell 0.82% to end on 9,316.

In Dublin the ISEQ closed down 1.23% on 6,075. AIB and CPL were among the best performing shares, while Applegreen and Kerry Group both dropped in value.

Meanwhile, Wall Street is sharply lower in afternoon trading after data showing the US unemployment rate had hit an eight-year low in January revived the prospect of a Fed rate hike this year, and tech stocks sold off heavily following weak forecasts.

The Dow Jones has lost 0.93% to stand at 16,263, while the Nasdaq is 2.41% lower on 4,400.

Earlier in Asian trade, Tokyo's Nikkei index lost 225 points (1.3%) to close at 16,802 as a stronger yen hit exporters, despite modest gains on financial markets in Europe and on Wall Street. But the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong gained 105 points (0.5%) to finish at 19,288.