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Investment Market Update

06 April 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 2.4% 7199.50
FTSE 250 1.6% 19576.17
Euro Stoxx 600 2.4% 376.13
S&P 500 0.7% 2662.84
Nikkei -0.2% 21602.78
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.5% 29671.56


President Donald Trump’s latest move against Chinese imports spurred knee-jerk reactions in Asian stocks, though many of the moves faded as the trading day wore on in Asia. 


Wall Street stocks rose for the third straight session on Thursday amid reassurances a trade war may be averted and optimism ahead of the approaching earnings season. 


UK stocks experienced their strongest day since 2016 as global concerns were shrugged off. 


  • Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, said a few advertisers have paused spending as they wait for the company to answer questions on user privacy.
  • Overnight, China said it would counter US protectionism "to the end, and at any cost," as a war of words over President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on Chinese imports escalated.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,199.502.40%-6.40%7.60%
FTSE 25019,576.171.60%-5.50%14.70%
FTSE All Share3,961.282.20%-6.20%9.00%
FTSE Small Cap5,610.331.10%-5.10%14.90%
St. James's Place1,059.50-1.00%-13.60%20.90%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600376.132.40%-3.40%7.70%
DAX 3012,305.192.90%-4.70%12.50%
CAC 405,276.672.60%-0.70%9.30%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,662.840.70%-0.40%19.40%
Dow Jones Ind24,505.221.00%-0.90%25.10%
Hang Seng29,671.560.50%-0.80%38.50%
Nikkei 22521,602.78-0.20%-5.10%19.10%
Australia 2005,787.200.00%-4.60%7.00%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific171.7340.50%-1.20%28.70%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,080.690.90%-1.10%20.10%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)508.5520.90%-0.90%21.60%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,166.480.90%0.70%34.20%
MSCI AC World Value218.2370.90%-2.60%15.20%
MSCI AC World Growth279.0351.00%0.80%28.30%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,564.35-0.40%-0.70%3.00%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks636.76-0.60%-1.70%2.30%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds393.115-0.30%-1.90%5.70%
ML Global High Yield Bonds377.2590.20%0.00%9.70%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil68.330.50%3.90%14.50%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,952.923.00%-5.80%25.00%
Consumer Goods and Services20,044.801.80%-10.40%13.60%
Health Care9,573.282.10%0.60%-3.70%
Oil & Gas8,588.263.80%-5.20%6.00%
$ per £1.40820.70%4.20%9.50%
€ per £1.14540.20%1.70%-4.00%
¥ per £150.132-0.10%-1.40%5.30%
VIX Index (Volatility)18.94-5.60%71.60%-21.40%
Baltic Dry Index953-2.50%-30.20%42.14%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.74%
Consumer Price Index2.70%
Retail Price Index3.60%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.84268
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.19042
FTSE All Share Yld4.11%
15yr Gilt Yield1.67%
10yr Gilt Yield1.42%
10yr US Tres Yield2.83%

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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