The main business events this week.
In Dublin the Iseq index was up 1%.
According to the latest Eurobarometer survey, Irish citizens generally feel that the country is better off within the EU.
Apple, Microsoft and Facebook were also popular among respondents.
Figures released by Irish Life reveal that cancer accounts for over 44 per cent of all life insurance claims in Ireland.
Capital acquisitions in industry in the fourth quarter of 2013 were €1,449.5 million, compared with €1,152.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to the CSO.
The European Central Bank said it will look for capital shortfalls in euro-area banks by examining more than €3.72 trillion in assets in on-site checks.
A Dublin Airport Authority court action later today could stop the planned four hour strike at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports this Friday.
European stocks advanced for the first time in three days as German exports increased more than estimated, fueling bets the euro-area economy is on the mend.
Listed Irish property investment trust Hibernia REIT is to acquire New Century House in Dublin’s International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) for €47 million.
The top stories in Tuesday's newspapers.
Wall Street analysts are racing to keep up with Facebook’s stock rally.
The main business events this week.
UPDATE: Shares in Fyffes surged 45% after the company announced plans to merge with rival Chiquita to create the world's largest banana group.
Close to 100 Irish companies were recognised for outstanding business performance in this year's Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards programme in association with Barclays Bank Ireland.
Fyffes was the main mover on the Irish stock market, surging by nearly 45 per cent to €1.29 after announcing plans to merge with rival Chiquita.
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Fyffes and Chiquita to merge to create world's largest banana company, NTMA to resume bond auctions on Thursday and Aryzta buys two bakeries.
AIB said it approved €4.3 billion in credit facilities to 32,000 small firms last year and had a 92 per cent approval rate for formal applications received.
Swiss-Irish bakery group Aryzta has reported a six per cent rise in first-half earnings along with the €730 million acquisition of two bakeries in North America.
The National Asset Management Agency has announced the redemption of €850 million in senior bonds.
Bord Gáis said its energy index fell by five per cent in February due to falling wholesale gas and electricity prices.
The National Treasury Management Agency said it will resume bond auctions with the sale of €1 billion of 10-year bonds on Thursday, the first such auction since 2010.
Activity in the building sector rose for the sixth month in a row in February as growth in new orders picked up, new data showed.
More than half of small companies that applied for credit were refused by their banks in the last three months, a new survey shows.
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Fyffes said profits and revenue grew by 6.3 per cent last year, driven by growth in sales of bananas and melons.
Fyffes is to merge with rival Chiquita in a "milestone" deal that will create a global banana and fresh produce group valued at $1.07 billion.
What's happening in the business world this week.
Lone Star briefly appointed a receiver over the Roche family's 38 per cent stake in NTR last week, before cancelling the appointment after the family discharged its debts.
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A conference to build business ties between Ireland and Mexico will be held in Dublin next May.
Irish food company Valeo Foods is in the final stages of appointing financial advisers in preparation for an initial public offering, The Sunday Business Post understands.
An impasse in negotiations between Ireland and Britain over a major wind exporting plan could be a negotiating strategy on both sides, according to senior sources in the wind energy sector.
Unemployed people will have their rent taken out of their social welfare payments for the first time in an overhaul of the Euro 344 million rent support scheme.
Nama, the state's bad bank, has seized control of the property assets of Mount Carmel, a move that paves the way for a quick sale of the private hospital.
The state is facing penalties of many millions of euro for a staggering 27 years over the M3 motorway and Limerick Tunnel projects.
Siptu president Jack O'Connor has said he held secret talks with Aer Lingus boss Christoph Mueller over the pensions row at the company, on five different occasions.
Cabinet documents seen by The Sunday Business Post reveal the level of opposition to the health minister's plans to introduce a system of universal health insurance.
Doctors are making serious errors in the way they are prescribing blood-thinning medicines, leaving thousands of patients at risk of stroke, potentially fatal bleeding and other serious adverse side effects.
Deal would give billionaire significant influence over hospital
Developers will be able to turn planned apartment developments into family homes without seeking planning permission as part of the government's plan to boost the construction industry.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation(INMO) is advising nurses at a number of hospitals to refuse to take patients' bloods or perform canulations.
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