ISEQ closes in the black

The ISEQ index of Irish shares finished in the black today, up 19.12 points to 7545.25.

The ISEQ index of Irish shares finished in the black today, up 19.12 points to 7545.25.

Financial stocks had a mixed day. Irish Life and Permanent saw the highest gains, up 23c to €17.03. Bank of Ireland was up 7c to €13.64. Bank of Ireland Life today announced an increase of 27% in its new business sales for 2005.

AIB rose 2c to €18.28, while Anglo Irish Bank reversed the trend, down 7c to €13.03.

Drinks and snacks group C&C rose 15c to €5.85.

Building materials company CRH rose 18c to €25.80. The headline Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers' Index showed today that construction activity in Ireland rose sharply again in December, as further gains in new business were made by a number of firms.

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