5.30pm Markets UpdateUpdated: Thursday 06 March 2014 17.59
World share markets have risen, supported by hopes diplomatic efforts would cool the crisis in Ukraine, while the euro advanced to its highest level of the year after the European Central Bank signalled its economy needs no additional stimulus.
In Dublin the ISEQ was 37 points (0.7%) higher at 5,144 by the close of business this evening.
Shares in Origin were 2.5% higher at €7.38 after the company increased its full year targets. Shares in C&C Group were 2.3% higher at €4.83, however shares in Aer Lingus fell 0.6% to €1.68 after the airline reported a fall in passenger numbers for last month.
In London the FTSE was 13 points (0.2%) higher at 6,788, while the CAC in Paris rose 26 points (0.6%) to end on 4,417. The DAX in Frankfurt was largely unchanged by the close of trading, however, ending the day on 9,543.
Meanwhile in New York, the Dow Jones was 83 points (0.5%) higher at 16,443, while the Nasdaq was up 10 points (0.2%) to 4,367.
Earlier in Asian trading, Tokyo's Nikkei index gained 237 points (1.6%) to close at 15,135 while the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong closed 123 points (0.5%) higher at 22,703 as hopes were raised about the outcome of Ukraine crisis talks and dealers await the release of US jobs data tomorrow.