European shares rose today, helped by gains among commodity stocks, while Deutsche Bank recovered from all-time lows hit in the previous session.

In London the FTSE ended the day 0.61% higher at 6,849, while all of the major euro zone markets also gained.

The CAC in Paris added 0.77% to 4,432, and in Frankfurt the DAX rose 1.06% to 10,443.

In Dublin the ISEQ gained 0.81% to close on 6,039. CPL and Abbey were among the best performing shares, while IFG Group and Aryzta both fell.

In the US, Wall Street is lower in afternoon trade as health stocks weigh and financials fall after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank was considering changes to the annual stress test.

Shortly before 6.30pm the Dow Jones was 0.07% higher at 18,241, while the Nasdaq had fallen 0.25% to 5,292.

Earlier in Asian trade, Tokyo's Nikkei index lost 219 points (1.3%) to finish at 16,465 as a strong yen hit Japanese importers. But the Hang Seng index in Hong Kong added 48 points (0.2%) to close at 23,620.