Positive day on ISEQ

The ISEQ closed up 85.33 points at 6069.34 this afternoon, with most companies performing well.

The ISEQ closed up 85.33 points at 6069.34 this afternoon, with most companies performing well.

Elan was the day’s most significant riser, closing up 37c (8.3%) at €4.85.

It was a good day for the financials. Bank of Ireland gained 37c (3%) to €12.45, while Anglo was up 10c (1%) at €9.85.

AIB was the day’s busiest share, up 10c at €16.50. Irish Life and Permanent was also up 10c, at €13.20. IL&P reached agreement with Chesnara on the sale of its closed UK life business, City of Westminster Assurance (CWA), for €70m today.

Insurer FBD was up 20c at €22.00.

Jurys Hotels finished the day 35c (2.9%) in the black.

Following a positive trading statement, predicting double-digit earnings-per-share growth in 2005, Fyffes posted a 2.7% gain of 6c today, bringing its share price to €2.29.

Kerry Group closed up 30c (1.6%) at €19.50.

Building materials group CRH was busy today, closing up 19c at €19.87.

Meanwhile, Ryanair saw a 3c increase to €5.73, following the announcement that the airline carried 24% more passengers last month than it did in April 2004.

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