Investment Market Update
Asian stocks were mixed on Monday, as markets digested key economic indicators out of China and the Bank of Japan's quarterly tankan survey which showed Japanese business sentiment improved slightly more than expected.
US stocks closed out the week on a mostly positive note, ending in the black on Friday and finishing the quarter with modest gains. Shares in Nike jumped up around 10% after it said it would start selling some goods through Amazon.
UK stocks closed lower on Friday after a drop among oil stocks, miners and by United Utilities. Shares in United Utilities ended the session down 3.45% after Credit Suisse cut its rating on the stock to "underperform" from "outperform".
- A price cap on energy bills could be extended to many more households on low incomes, under plans being considered by regulator Ofgem. A limit on the cost of gas and electricity for those on pre-payment meters already saves about four million people £80 a year. This could be extended to about two million others on certain benefits.
- The government is to end an arrangement that allows other countries to fish in UK waters, it has been announced. The convention allows Irish, Dutch, French, German and Belgian vessels to fish within six and 12 nautical miles of UK coastline. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the move would help take back control of fishing access to UK waters.
|FTSE All Share||4,002.18||-0.4%||3.3%||12.5%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,584.96||0.1%||8.6%||11.0%|
|St. James's Place||1,182.00||0.9%||18.9%||3.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||379.37||-0.3%||5.0%||-1.2%|
|Dow Jones Ind||21,349.63||0.3%||8.0%||13.4%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||154.59||-0.7%||14.5%||2.3%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||1,916.43||-0.2%||9.4%||5.3%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||465.09||-0.2%||10.3%||5.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||1,010.80||-0.3%||17.2%||8.6%|
|MSCI AC World Value||206.66||-0.2%||6.3%||9.5%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||246.73||-0.1%||14.4%||1.8%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,535.79||-0.1%||0.3%||8.5%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||632.26||0.8%||-0.7%||21.2%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||391.70||-0.1%||2.7%||10.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||364.14||0.0%||6.3%||15.0%|
|Brent Crude Oil||48.77||2.4%||-17.1%||23.4%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||22,013.60||0.0%||11.8%||9.6%|
|Oil & Gas||7,523.16||-1.5%||-12.0%||54.2%|
|$ per £||1.30||-0.3%||5.3%||-16.3%|
|€ per £||1.14||-0.3%||-3.1%||-15.7%|
|¥ per £||145.44||-0.7%||0.6%||-22.7%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||11.18||-2.3%||-20.4%||-22.9%|
|Baltic Dry Index||901.00||-2.1%||-6.2%||101.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.25%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.31%|
|Consumer Price Index||2.90%|
|Retail Price Index||3.70%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||24.51|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||23.07|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.85%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.62%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.26%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.30%|
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