European shares, stuck just below 21-month highs for more than a week, struggled to gain
momentum yesterday, with strength in oil producers offset by weakness in mining and autos stocks.
By mid afternoon in Dublin, the ISEQ Overall Index was up 0.32pc or 22.48 points to 6,971.78.
European oil & gas stocks were lifted by BP and Royal Dutch Shell, while banking shares were also firmer, underpinning the pan-European STOXX 600 index, which was up 0.1pc.
Among the national markets, Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.2pc, while Germany’s DAX fell 0.2pc, weighed down by stocks including Hugo Boss and Evonik going ex-dividend.