European stocks ended the session little changed after three days of gains, weighed down by declines in oil-and-gas shares and lenders.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)By the close in Dublin, the ISEQ Overall Index was up 0.28pc, or 18.48 points, to end the trading session at 6,733.22.

The leaders on the Dublin index included drinks group C&C, which increased 0.7pc, while dairy company Glanbia rose 0.7pc to €18.39.

On the other side of the board, the laggards included packaging giant Smurfit Kappa, which was down 0.8pc to €25.30, while Bank of Ireland slipped 0.8pc to 24 cent.

Elsewhere, the Stoxx Europe 600 Index fell 0.2pc at the close.

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