6pm Markets Update

Updated: Friday 24 April 2015 17.39

Equities across the globe have risen to all-time highs, with positive corporate earnings and a record peak for the Nasdaq Composite stoking investor optimism.

In Dublin the ISEQ was 33 points (0.5%) higher by the end of trading, ending the week on 6,298.

Shares in Green REIT were 3.7% higher at €1.65, while shares in CRH were up 2.8% to €26.54 after the EU cleared its acquisition of some Lafarge and Holcim assets. Shares in IFG Group were down 1.8% to €1.94, while shares in Aer Lingus were 1.4% lower at €2.38.

In London the FTSE was up 17 points (0.2%) to 7,071 by the close of business, while the DAX in Frankfurt was up 104 points (0.9%) to 11,853. In Paris the CAC was up 22 points (0.4%) at 5,201.

Meanwhile in New York, the Dow Jones was trading 43 points (0.2%) higher by early afternoon at 18,101. The Nasdaq was also ahead by 43 points (0.8%) at 5,099.

Earlier in Asian trade, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index gained 233 points (0.8%) to close at 28,061 - breaching the 28,000-point barrier for the first time in seven years - after a record-breaking lead from Wall Street, and as investors bet on China introducing more stimulus measures.  But Tokyo's Nikkei index lost 168 points (0.8%) to finish at 20,020.