European shares held steady this evening at the end of a strong week as a rally in commodities softened. London's FTSE index gained 39 points (0.5%) to close at 7,368, while the Paris CAC was up 22 points (0.4%) to finish at 5,413 and the Frankfurt DAX dipped 27 points (0.2%) to end at 12,540.

Dublin's ISEQ index climbed 45 points (0.6%) to end at 6,828 this evening, with shares in Kingspan up 2.4% to €36.86 after the Co Cavan based company said group sales for the first three months of the year were 8% higher despite weather issues. Shares in CRH gained 3.4% to close at €28.92 while CPL Resources rose 2.6% to end the week at €6.16.

But US stock markets fell on Wall Street this evening, with Apple leading declines in the technology sector and as energy companies took a hit from lower oil prices after President Donald Trump's criticism on OPEC.

The Dow Jones had slumped 219 points (0.9%) to stand at 24,446, while the broad-based S&P 500 fell 22 points (0.8%) to trade at 2,672 and the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite index lost 1.3% to 7,145.

Earlier in Asian trade, Tokyo's Nikkei index slipped 29 points (0.1%) to finish at 22,162 as investors waited for earnings reports by major companies starting next week. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong was down 290 points (0.9%) to finish at 30,418 as property firms were hit by worries about rising interest rates.