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Investment Market Update

05 April 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.1% 7034.01
FTSE 250 -0.7% 19264.22
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.5% 367.33
S&P 500 1.2% 2644.69
Nikkei 1.6% 21668.26
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.0% 29518.69


Asian stocks rose, following US peers higher as fears of trade tensions between the US and China eased. China and Hong Kong closed for a holiday.


US stocks climbed, sparked by trade tensions as investors speculated the Trump administration won’t enact the most protectionist proposals and risk derailing economic growth.


UK stocks were mixed, with a small rise on the FTSE 100 led by gains in the Tobacco, Beverage and Mobile Telecommunications sectors.


  • Facebook believes the data of up to 87 million people was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica - many more than previously disclosed. The overall figure had been previously quoted as being 50 million by the whistleblower Christopher Wylie.
  • Car registrations dropped in March, according to figures from industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Preliminary data shows the UK new car market shrank by 15.6% last month, compared with March 2017. Demand for diesel vehicles fell by 37%, but petrol car demand rose by 1%.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,034.010.1%-8.5%7.6%
FTSE 25019,264.22-0.7%-7.1%14.7%
FTSE All Share3,876.63-0.1%-8.2%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,551.56-1.0%-6.1%14.9%
St. James's Place1,070.50-0.2%-12.7%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600367.33-0.5%-5.6%7.7%
DAX 3011,957.90-0.4%-7.4%12.5%
CAC 405,141.80-0.2%-3.2%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,644.691.2%-1.1%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,264.301.0%-1.8%25.1%
Hang Seng29,518.690.0%-1.3%38.5%
Nikkei 22521,668.261.6%-4.8%19.1%
Australia 2005,791.300.5%-4.5%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific170.88-0.7%-1.7%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,061.310.6%-2.0%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)503.820.4%-1.8%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,155.64-1.2%-0.2%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value216.240.4%-3.5%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth276.390.4%-0.1%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,580.27-0.3%-0.2%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks640.53-0.6%-1.1%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds394.20-0.1%-1.6%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds376.670.1%-0.2%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil68.02-0.1%3.4%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,778.05-2.5%-8.5%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,693.471.2%-11.9%13.6%
Health Care9,373.190.2%-1.5%-3.7%
Oil & Gas8,270.330.6%-8.7%6.0%
$ per £1.41-0.2%4.0%9.5%
€ per £1.150.0%1.8%-4.0%
¥ per £149.62-0.3%-1.7%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)20.06-4.9%81.7%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index977.00-3.8%-28.5%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.72%
Consumer Price Index2.70%
Retail Price Index3.60%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.55
FTSE All Share Adj P/E12.90
FTSE All Share Yld4.20%
15yr Gilt Yield1.63%
10yr Gilt Yield1.37%
10yr US Tres Yield2.80%

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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