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Investment Market Update

02 November 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.2% 7114.66
FTSE 250 1.3% 19171.93
Euro Stoxx 600 0.4% 363.08
S&P 500 1.1% 2740.37
Nikkei 2.6% 22243.66
Hang Seng (HK$) 3.5% 26312.79


Asian stocks headed for the biggest weekly rally since April 2016 amid fresh hopes for trade talks, with that renewed risk appetite looking set to extend into European and US sessions.


US stocks extended their gains after the US President said he had had a "very good conversation" with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping about trade.


UK stocks closed lower following a bumpy trading day for the FTSE 100. BT Group was the best performer on the blue chip index, up 8.7% after publishing its interim results.


  • President Donald Trump wants to reach an agreement on trade with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 nations summit in Argentina later this month. He has asked key US officials to begin drafting potential terms, according to four people familiar with the matter.
  • Mark Carney’s warning that a no deal Brexit would mean interest rate hikes isn’t convincing economists. The Bank of England governor says that crashing out of the European Union without a deal could trigger a supply side shock of a rare, once-in-a-generation magnitude. That would push up inflation and warrant tighter monetary policy.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,114.66-0.2%-7.5%7.6%
FTSE 25019,171.931.3%-7.5%14.7%
FTSE All Share3,907.100.1%-7.5%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,464.500.5%-7.6%14.9%
St. James's Place1,016.500.3%-17.1%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600363.080.4%-6.7%7.7%
DAX 3011,468.540.2%-11.2%12.5%
CAC 405,085.78-0.2%-4.3%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,740.371.1%2.5%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind25,380.741.1%2.7%25.1%
Hang Seng26,312.793.5%-12.1%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,243.662.6%-2.3%19.1%
Australia 2005,849.210.1%-3.6%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific150.310.5%-13.5%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,040.930.9%-3.0%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)489.481.0%-4.6%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets971.441.6%-16.1%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value208.060.7%-7.1%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth270.871.3%-2.1%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,572.810.0%-0.5%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks645.84-0.5%-0.3%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds394.29-0.1%-1.6%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds373.450.2%-1.0%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil72.89-2.9%15.1%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,006.762.1%-4.9%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,259.290.5%-13.9%13.6%
Health Care10,528.40-0.8%10.7%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,056.09-3.7%0.0%6.0%
$ per £1.28-1.9%-5.6%9.5%
€ per £1.13-1.0%0.2%-4.0%
¥ per £144.19-1.6%-5.3%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)19.34-8.9%75.2%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,490.00-1.5%9.1%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.82%
Consumer Price Index2.40%
Retail Price Index3.30%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E11.73
FTSE All Share Adj P/E10.84
FTSE All Share Yld4.38%
15yr Gilt Yield1.62%
10yr Gilt Yield1.45%
10yr US Tres Yield3.13%

Market prices will reflect the last closing prices with the exception of the Asian markets which may be still trading at the time the data is obtained. The data for these markets is therefore a snapshot of live trading data obtained between 06.45 and 07.15 GMT. Growth is shown cumulative and is not annualised. A positive currency movement indicates the £ appreciating against the other currency. Performance data does not account for the re-investment of dividends. This information has been reproduced by kind permission of Bloomberg and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of St. James's Place Wealth Management. St. James's Place considers the information to be reliable but it is not intended to provide a sufficient basis on which to make an investment decision.

Source: FTSE International Limited ("FTSE") © FTSE 2018. "FTSE®" is a trade mark of the London Stock Exchange Group companies and is used by FTSE International Limited under licence. All rights in the FTSE indices and/or FTSE ratings vest in FTSE and/or its licensors. Neither FTSE nor its licensors accept any liability for any errors or omissions in the FTSE indices and/or FTSE ratings or underlying data. No further distribution of FTSE Data is permitted without FTSE’s express written consent.

Source: MSCI. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used as a basis for other indices or any securities or financial products. This report is not approved, endorsed, reviewed or produced by MSCI. None of the MSCI data is intended to constitute investment advice or a recommendation to make (or refrain from making) any kind of investment decision and may not be relied on as such.


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