Investment Market Update
Most Asian stock markets fell with Chinese equities leading the way. The Shanghai Composite Index was in line for a fourth weekly decline as regulators try to curb leverage and speculation. Japan and South Korea were closed for a holiday.
US stocks closed flat as energy stocks were the heaviest fallers on Wall Street as the oil price hit a five-month low. Chevron shares fell 1.8% and Exxon Mobil dropped 1.3%.
UK stocks rose with the FTSE 100 closing up by nearly 0.2% at 7,248. HSBC reported a 19% fall in first-quarter profits, but the drop was not as big as expected, and its shares ended 2.8% higher. Fashion retailer Next saw the biggest decline, finishing 5.1% lower after it reported falling sales.
- Early results in UK local council elections suggested Theresa May’s Conservative Party was on course for a sweeping victory, boosting the prime minister’s bid for a large parliamentary majority in next month’s national poll.
- Oil fell below $45 a barrel for the first time since OPEC agreed to cut output in November as US shale confounds the producer group’s attempts to prop up prices.
|FTSE All Share||3,983.98||0.1%||2.9%||12.5%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,527.03||-0.2%||7.5%||11.0%|
|St. James's Place||1,159.00||0.6%||16.6%||3.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||391.98||0.7%||8.5%||-1.2%|
|Dow Jones Ind||20,951.47||0.0%||6.0%||13.4%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||149.07||-0.3%||10.4%||2.3%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||1,886.48||0.2%||7.7%||5.3%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||457.05||0.1%||8.3%||5.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||980.07||-0.6%||13.7%||8.6%|
|MSCI AC World Value||203.85||0.0%||4.9%||9.5%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||241.58||0.2%||12.0%||1.8%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,567.82||-0.5%||1.2%||8.5%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||644.94||-1.5%||1.3%||21.2%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||391.22||-0.2%||2.6%||10.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||358.84||-0.1%||4.8%||15.0%|
|Brent Crude Oil||48.38||-4.7%||-17.6%||23.4%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||21,893.23||0.0%||11.2%||9.6%|
|Oil & Gas||7,548.26||0.0%||-11.7%||54.2%|
|$ per £||1.29||-0.1%||4.7%||-16.3%|
|€ per £||1.18||0.5%||0.8%||-15.7%|
|¥ per £||145.11||-0.2%||0.4%||-22.7%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||10.46||-2.1%||-25.5%||-22.9%|
|Baltic Dry Index||1,004.00||-2.9%||4.5%||101.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.25%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.32%|
|Consumer Price Index||2.30%|
|Retail Price Index||3.10%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||24.35|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||23.16|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.88%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.52%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.12%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.35%|
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