Most European markets closed slightly lower after the ECB trimmed its growth forecast for the eurozone because of "mounting uncertainties" from within and outside the region.

The ISEQ in Dublin was higher, however, ending the day with a 13 point (0.2%) gain at 5,536.

Shares in IFG Group were up 7.4% to €1.59, while shares in Abbey rose 3.4% to €15. Shares in First Derivatives fell 5.6% to €23.50, while shares in FBD Holdings were down 4.5% to €8.10.

In London the FTSE was down three points to 6,877. The CAC in Paris was 12 points (0.3%) lower at 4,897, while the DAX in Frankfurt was down by five points to 24,516.

Meanwhile in New York the Dow Jones was behind by five points at 24,516 by early afternoon there, with the Nasdaq trading 45 points (0.6%) lower at 7,053.

Overnight in Asia the Nikkei in Tokyo ended trading with a 213 point (1%) gain at 21,816. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong was also up, finishing the day up 337 points (1.3%) to 26,524.