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Investment Market Update

04 September 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 1.0% 7504.60
FTSE 250 0.0% 20695.85
Euro Stoxx 600 0.1% 382.51
S&P 500 0.0% 2901.52
Nikkei 0.0% 22698.22
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.5% 27847.48


Asian stocks were largely flat for Tuesday, with emerging markets representing the largest drag on the broader Pacific-Asia region, while Chinese equities saw a rebound after the week's opening selloff.


US stock markets were closed during the trading session on Monday for Labor Day, but the S&P 500 futures did rally in electronic trading.


UK stocks closed higher on Monday, bolstered by the weaker pound and a rise in commodity stocks.


  • Shares in Footasylum plunged on Monday after the "athleisure" retailer warned on profits following difficult trading in July and August. Despite reporting a 18.5% rise in sales to £98.6m for the six months to 25 August, Footasylum said sales since then had been "more challenging".
  • TSB has apologised to customers who faced disruption to their online and mobile banking over the weekend.The bank did not say how many customers were affected, but 1.9 million use its digital banking services.TSB is still recovering from an IT fiasco in April, when customers were left without access to online banking services for several weeks.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,504.601.0%-2.4%7.6%
FTSE 25020,695.850.0%-0.1%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,138.840.8%-2.0%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,858.100.4%-0.9%14.9%
St. James's Place1,141.000.8%-6.9%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600382.510.1%-1.7%7.7%
DAX 3012,346.41-0.1%-4.4%12.5%
CAC 405,413.800.1%1.9%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,901.520.0%8.5%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind25,964.820.0%5.0%25.1%
Hang Seng27,847.480.5%-6.9%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,698.220.0%-0.3%19.1%
Australia 2006,287.10-0.4%3.7%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific164.33-0.8%-5.5%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,173.42-0.1%3.3%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)521.95-0.2%1.7%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,047.13-0.8%-9.6%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value217.00-0.2%-3.1%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth295.03-0.2%6.6%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,604.190.2%0.4%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks642.760.7%-0.8%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds397.490.2%-0.8%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds376.250.0%-0.3%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil78.150.7%22.1%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,943.450.8%-5.9%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services20,260.430.5%-9.4%13.6%
Health Care10,852.470.9%14.1%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,441.231.7%4.2%6.0%
$ per £1.300.6%-4.1%9.5%
€ per £1.120.7%-0.8%-4.0%
¥ per £143.920.6%-5.5%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)12.860.0%16.5%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,557.00-1.4%14.0%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.80%
Consumer Price Index2.50%
Retail Price Index3.20%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.45
FTSE All Share Adj P/E12.50
FTSE All Share Yld4.12%
15yr Gilt Yield1.55%
10yr Gilt Yield1.40%
10yr US Tres Yield2.86%

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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