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Investment Market Update

06 March 2019

World markets

FTSE 100 0.7% 7183.43
FTSE 250 0.2% 19443.14
Euro Stoxx 600 0.1% 375.64
S&P 500 -0.1% 2789.65
Nikkei -0.6% 21596.81
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.2% 29023.60


Asian stocks traded mixed following an overnight slip on Wall Street as investors kept a close eye on developments on the US-China trade front.


US stocks edged lower as investors struggled to find inspiration after a torrid start to the year. The dollar rallied for a fifth day.


Concerns over the UK's economic growth following some subdued service sector data caused the pound to decline on Tuesday, in turn allowing the FTSE 100 to trump its European counterparts. 


  • MPs have been promised a vote on any changes to workers' rights after Brexit as Theresa May seeks Labour support to pass her deal on leaving the EU.
  • The number of people starting a training programme has fallen "substantially" under the government's new apprenticeship scheme, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). The public spending watchdog said the government was "very unlikely" to hit a 2020 target of 3 million new starts.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,183.430.7%6.8%-12.5%
FTSE 25019,443.140.2%11.1%-15.6%
FTSE All Share3,946.870.6%7.4%-13.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,482.240.3%5.9%-12.4%
St. James's Place1,010.000.5%7.0%-23.0%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600375.640.1%11.3%-13.2%
DAX 3011,620.740.2%10.1%-18.3%
CAC 405,297.520.2%12.0%-11.0%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,789.65-0.1%11.3%-6.2%
Dow Jones Ind25,806.63-0.1%10.6%-5.6%
Hang Seng29,023.600.2%12.3%-13.6%
Nikkei 22521,596.81-0.6%7.9%-12.1%
Australia 2006,245.620.7%10.6%-6.9%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific159.51-0.2%8.7%-15.6%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,087.50-0.1%10.8%-10.4%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)504.07-0.1%10.6%-11.2%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,055.120.1%9.3%-16.6%
MSCI AC World Value212.08-0.2%9.1%-13.2%
MSCI AC World Growth281.830.0%12.2%-9.2%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,631.360.0%0.6%0.8%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks649.300.0%1.1%-1.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds402.190.0%2.7%-2.4%
ML Global High Yield Bonds385.450.0%5.7%-3.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil65.860.3%21.3%-14.9%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,471.500.6%12.0%-9.2%
Consumer Goods and Services18,961.371.0%8.7%-21.0%
Health Care10,842.270.9%4.1%8.8%
Oil & Gas8,871.150.7%4.8%-7.4%
$ per £1.320.2%3.4%-6.2%
€ per £1.16-0.1%4.5%-1.3%
¥ per £147.270.0%5.3%-8.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)14.740.8%-42.0%160.2%
Baltic Dry Index663.00-0.9%-47.8%3.3%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.85%
Consumer Price Index1.80%
Retail Price Index2.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E14.71
FTSE All Share Adj P/E14.73
FTSE All Share Yld4.51%
15yr Gilt Yield1.58%
10yr Gilt Yield1.29%
10yr US Tres Yield2.72%

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 2019. "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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