It may not be a performance to send stockbrokers reaching for bottles of champagne, but as 2004 draws to a close there is a deep sense of relief in the local investment community at a most satisfactory year for Ireland's publicly-quoted companies.
With the Iseq trading above 6,100 in the days before Christmas, a sustained rally has taken place since the Irish market plummeted to a low of 3,616 in October 2002.
By early last week, the Iseq was...
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