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Investment Market Update

04 July 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.6% 7593.29
FTSE 250 0.3% 20665.22
Euro Stoxx 600 0.8% 379.81
S&P 500 -0.5% 2713.22
Nikkei -0.2% 21734.54
Hang Seng (HK$) -1.2% 28213.58


Asian stocks traded mixed Wednesday as the yuan recovered from its recent decline, which had unsettled investors amid trade tensions and prompted verbal intervention from Chinese officials.


US stocks reversed an early climb and ended lower Tuesday, as weakness in technology and financial shares weighed on benchmarks.


UK stocks closed in positive territory as investors came back to equities after being fearful over trade wars.


  • Sainsbury's like-for-like sales growth continued to slow in the first quarter after the supermarket group reported a 0.2% rise. The increase for the three months to June compares to 0.9% in the fourth quarter and 1.1% in the three months before. Chief executive Mike Coupe said that "the market remains competitive".
  • The US has said it will allow the Chinese tech giant ZTE to temporarily re-start some business activities as it considers lifting a seven-year ban imposed on the firm earlier this year. In April, the US found ZTE had violated trade bans with Iran and North Korea.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,593.290.6%-1.2%7.6%
FTSE 25020,665.220.3%-0.3%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,177.840.5%-1.0%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,885.490.3%-0.4%14.9%
St. James's Place1,151.001.6%-6.1%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600379.810.8%-2.4%7.7%
DAX 3012,349.140.9%-4.4%12.5%
CAC 405,316.770.8%0.1%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,713.22-0.5%1.5%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,174.82-0.5%-2.2%25.1%
Hang Seng28,213.58-1.2%-5.7%38.5%
Nikkei 22521,734.54-0.2%-4.5%19.1%
Australia 2006,183.40-0.4%2.0%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific163.76-0.2%-5.8%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,082.050.0%-1.0%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)503.000.0%-2.0%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,057.70-0.2%-8.7%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value211.300.2%-5.7%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth281.54-0.2%1.7%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,616.870.2%0.8%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks644.010.2%-0.6%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds394.450.1%-1.6%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds371.290.2%-1.6%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil77.760.6%20.1%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,200.59-1.4%-1.8%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services20,371.101.1%-8.9%13.6%
Health Care10,224.480.9%7.5%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,772.610.8%7.9%6.0%
$ per £1.31-0.3%-2.9%9.5%
€ per £1.130.1%0.5%-4.0%
¥ per £145.47-0.1%-4.4%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)16.143.5%46.2%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,476.003.8%8.1%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.68%
Consumer Price Index2.40%
Retail Price Index3.30%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E13.03
FTSE All Share Adj P/E12.97
FTSE All Share Yld4.02%
15yr Gilt Yield1.53%
10yr Gilt Yield1.24%
10yr US Tres Yield2.83%

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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