5.45pm Markets Update

Updated: Friday 19 December 2014 17.57

European markets closed mixed this evening with London's FTSE jumping 79 points (1.2%) to close at 6,545 to complete its best week in three years today - just a week after its worst in three years. 

But the Paris CAC slipped eight points (0.2%) to end at 4,242 and the Frankfurt DAX was down 24 points (0.25%) to finish at 9,787.

Dublin's ISEQ index closed 11 points (0.2%) higher at 5,169 this evening. Shares in Smurfit Kappa rose 3.1% to close at €18.05, while Kingspan gained 3.2% to €14.29 and ICG finished at €3.28, up 3.1%. Shares in Paddy Power were down 2.3% to €64.68, while FBD Holdings fell 3.4% to close at €11.40.

US stocks were mixed on Wall Street this evening after a good two-day run was sparked by the Federal Reserve's most recent policy statement. The Dow Jones had slipped 18 points (0.1%) to close at 17,760 while the Nasdaq Composite inched four points (0.1%) higher to 4,753.

Earlier in Asian trade, Tokyo's Nikkei index gained 411 points (2.4%) to close at 17,621  following sharp gains on Wall Street while the dollar's strength also provided support. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong gained 284 points (1.2%) to finish at 23,117.