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Investment Market Update

05 March 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -1.5% 7069.90
FTSE 250 -0.8% 19386.54
Euro Stoxx 600 -2.1% 367.04
S&P 500 0.5% 2691.25
Nikkei -0.7% 21042.09
Hang Seng (HK$) -1.3% 30188.71


Asian stocks slid for a fifth-straight day amid continued concern about US President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs plan as well as market unrest over gains by anti-establishment groups in Italy’s election.


US stocks closed well off session lows on Friday, helped by a sharp rise in health care shares. The market recovered most of their early losses as 2018 keeps up a highly-volatile year on the exchanges.


UK stocks closed lower on Friday, at its lowest since December 2016, unnerved by President Donald Trump's promise to tax aluminium and steel imports.


  • Energy firms will be banned from charging catch-up bills for gas and electricity used more than 12 months earlier. Regulator Ofgem's new rule, to start in May for domestic customers, should stop shock bills of thousands of pounds.
  • ​China has set its 2018 economic growth target at approximately 6.5%, looking to clamp down on any financially risky operations which have threatended to cause the collapse of major firms.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,069.90-1.50%-8.00%7.60%
FTSE 25019,386.54-0.80%-6.50%14.70%
FTSE All Share3,899.70-1.40%-7.60%9.00%
FTSE Small Cap5,675.51-1.10%-4.00%14.90%
St. James's Place1,108.50-1.80%-9.60%20.90%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600367.04-2.10%-5.70%7.70%
DAX 3011,913.71-2.30%-7.80%12.50%
CAC 405,136.58-2.40%-3.30%9.30%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,691.250.50%0.70%19.40%
Dow Jones Ind24,538.06-0.30%-0.70%25.10%
Hang Seng30,188.71-1.30%0.90%38.50%
Nikkei 22521,042.09-0.70%-7.60%19.10%
Australia 2005,895.03-0.60%-2.80%7.00%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific174.445-0.70%0.40%28.70%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,089.840.00%-0.60%20.10%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)511.338-0.10%-0.30%21.60%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,182.06-0.90%2.00%34.20%
MSCI AC World Value219.416-0.20%-2.10%15.20%
MSCI AC World Growth280.5850.00%1.40%28.30%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,539.700.10%-1.40%3.00%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks634.490.00%-2.10%2.30%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds394.1970.00%-1.60%5.70%
ML Global High Yield Bonds376.8760.00%-0.10%9.70%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil64.370.80%-2.60%14.50%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,966.71-2.40%-5.50%25.00%
Consumer Goods and Services19,395.33-0.80%-13.30%13.60%
Health Care8,842.24-0.80%-7.10%-3.70%
Oil & Gas8,159.01-1.70%-9.90%6.00%
$ per £1.3735-0.50%1.60%9.50%
€ per £1.12480.40%-0.10%-4.00%
¥ per £146.707990.50%-3.60%5.30%
VIX Index (Volatility)19.59-12.80%77.40%-21.40%
Baltic Dry Index1,207.000.90%-11.60%42.14%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.58%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index4.00%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.85373
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.22007
FTSE All Share Yld4.17%
15yr Gilt Yield1.73%
10yr Gilt Yield1.47%
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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