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Investment Market Update

07 March 2019

World markets

FTSE 100 0.2% 7196.00
FTSE 250 -0.4% 19359.31
Euro Stoxx 600 0.0% 375.48
S&P 500 -0.7% 2771.45
Nikkei -0.7% 21456.01
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.7% 28839.62


Asian stocks were mostly lower, as optimism about progress in trade talks between the US and China started wearing off.


US stocks fell for a third consecutive session, closing at their lowest level in three weeks as analysts looked ahead to Friday’s jobs report and sought an update on global trade policy.


UK stocks ended broadly higher, as gains from tobacco stocks and a weaker pound extended the FTSE 100's winning streak to four straight sessions.


  • A deal confirmed between the UK government and the wind industry will ensure 30% of electricity comes from offshore wind by 2030. The move will help the UK towards an aim of securing almost all its power from low-carbon sources by 2030.​
  • Huawei has filed a lawsuit against the US government over a ban that restricts federal agencies from using its products. It said the US failed to provide evidence to support the ban, and the firm also rejected claims it had links to the Chinese government.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,196.000.2%7.0%-12.5%
FTSE 25019,359.31-0.4%10.6%-15.6%
FTSE All Share3,949.650.1%7.5%-13.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,479.17-0.1%5.8%-12.4%
St. James's Place1,020.001.0%8.1%-23.0%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600375.480.0%11.2%-13.2%
DAX 3011,587.63-0.3%9.7%-18.3%
CAC 405,288.81-0.2%11.8%-11.0%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,771.45-0.7%10.6%-6.2%
Dow Jones Ind25,673.46-0.5%10.1%-5.6%
Hang Seng28,839.62-0.7%11.6%-13.6%
Nikkei 22521,456.01-0.7%7.2%-12.1%
Australia 2006,263.890.3%10.9%-6.9%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific159.540.0%8.7%-15.6%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,078.69-0.4%10.3%-10.4%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)502.22-0.4%10.2%-11.2%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,055.680.1%9.3%-16.6%
MSCI AC World Value211.35-0.3%8.7%-13.2%
MSCI AC World Growth280.74-0.4%11.7%-9.2%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,656.870.7%1.3%0.8%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks659.911.6%2.7%-1.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds403.680.4%3.1%-2.4%
ML Global High Yield Bonds385.260.0%5.6%-3.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil65.990.2%21.5%-14.9%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,530.070.9%13.0%-9.2%
Consumer Goods and Services19,174.811.1%9.9%-21.0%
Health Care10,828.04-0.1%4.0%8.8%
Oil & Gas8,874.340.0%4.8%-7.4%
$ per £1.32-0.1%3.2%-6.2%
€ per £1.160.0%4.6%-1.3%
¥ per £147.200.1%5.3%-8.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)15.746.8%-38.1%160.2%
Baltic Dry Index664.000.2%-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/E14.72
FTSE All Share Adj P/E14.76
FTSE All Share Yld4.50%
15yr Gilt Yield1.52%
10yr Gilt Yield1.23%
10yr US Tres Yield2.69%

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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