The ISEQ index of Irish shares managed to stay in the black today, closing up 9.25 points at 2,386.90.
Index majors on an upward trend included Kerry Group, climbing 33c to 15.48; CRH, up 27c to 16.81; Ryanair, rising 11c to 3.30, and Greencore, cheering 4c to 0.83.
Research company Icon topped the fallers' board, shedding 1.90 or 13.19% to 12.50. Other fallers included ferry and travel company Irish Continental, down 50c to 14.00; Tullow Oil, dropping 28c to 8.35; Paddy Power, down 25c to 14.45; Glanbia, falling 13c to 2.42, and Elan Corp, 11c off at 4.25.
Fortunes were mixed among the financials, with Irish Life & Permanent sliding 24c or 11.42% to 1.65 but AIB and BOI both gaining 2c to 0.90 and 0.70 respectively.