5.30pm Markets Update

Updated: Thursday 17 April 2014 18.01

European equities finished higher this evening after losing ground earlier in the session, with upbeat results from major US companies like Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and General Electric improving sentiment.

In Dublin the ISEQ was three points (0.1%) higher at 4,906 by the close of trading.

Shares in Providence were 9.7% higher at €2.59, while shares in Mincon rose 2.5% to €1. Shares in Origin were down 2.2% to €7.82, while shares in IFG Group were down 1.7% at €1.70.

In London the FTSE was 41 points (0.6%) higher at 6,625, while the DAX in Frankfurt rose 92 points (1%) to finish on 9,410. The CAC in Paris was also higher, gaining 26 points (0.6%) to close on 4,432.

Meanwhile in New York, the Dow Jones was 19 points (0.1%) lower by early afternoon at 16,406. The Nasdaq was unchanged, however, at 4,086.

Overnight in Asia, Hong Kong shares finished slightly higher in the lowest trading volume since mid-February, as investors geared up for the Easter holiday.

The Hang Seng was 64 points (0.3%) higher at 22,760 by the close of business, however the Nikkei in Tokyo ended flat on 14,417.