The ISEQ index of Irish shares added 25.38 points in early trading this morning, reaching 2,832.97 by 12.30pm.
Among financial stocks, AIB shed 6c to €1.49 after it was revealed the bank had agreed to a request by the European Commission to suspend certain payments to investors, including a €280m payment due to the Government, until the EU decides whether or not to approve its application for state aid.
Bank of Ireland meanwhile added 1c to €1.62, while Irish Life & Permanent was down 5c to €3.20.
Major risers included CRH, up 52c to €17.30; Paddy Power, up 35c to €24.65; Kerry Group, up 30c to €20.04; Smurfit Kappa, up 13c to €5.58; Glanbia, up 8c to €2.56 and Grafton Group, adding 8c to €3.17.
On the fallers' board, Aryzta shed 15c to €25.00 and Elan Corp dropped 14c to €4.25.