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Investment Market Update

08 February 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 1.9% 7279.42
FTSE 250 2.2% 19691.65
Euro Stoxx 600 2.0% 380.13
S&P 500 -0.5% 2681.66
Nikkei 1.1% 21890.86
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.3% 30405.89


Asian stocks ended higher as investors assessed the implications of the recent market change that has elevated volatility. The yuan dropped the most since August 2015 after trade figures missed estimates and amid speculation policy makers will step up efforts to rein in gains.


US stocks closed lower with all three key stock indexes closing down, capping two days of volatile trading.


UK stocks posted their biggest gain since April on Wednesday, keeping pace with gains made in Germany and France.


  • Electric car maker Tesla has notched up its biggest ever quarterly loss and said it "learned many lessons" from its crucial Model 3 production plans. The firm's future hangs on the Model 3 sedan, but it has so far struggled with production bottlenecks. Tesla reported a loss of $675.4m in three months to 31 December, compared with $121.3m a year earlier. 
  • Major Japanese investors in Britain, including the three big carmakers, are due to meet the prime minister and chancellor later today. A meeting is understood to have first been raised when Theresa May visited Japan last year. The meeting is on Thursday afternoon and the attendees "will cover the most significant investors in the UK in such areas as banking, life sciences, technology and the manufacturing sector", a Downing Street spokesman said.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,279.421.9%-5.3%7.6%
FTSE 25019,691.652.2%-5.0%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,002.512.0%-5.2%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,700.571.8%-3.6%14.9%
St. James's Place1,165.002.9%-5.0%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600380.132.0%-2.3%7.7%
DAX 3012,590.431.6%-2.5%12.5%
CAC 405,255.901.8%-1.1%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,681.66-0.5%0.3%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,893.35-0.1%0.7%25.1%
Hang Seng30,405.890.3%1.6%38.5%
Nikkei 22521,890.861.1%-3.8%19.1%
Australia 2005,890.700.2%-2.9%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific173.02-0.1%-0.5%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,101.070.1%-0.1%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)513.300.1%0.1%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,173.38-0.2%1.3%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value222.430.2%-0.7%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth279.010.0%0.8%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,507.01-0.2%-2.3%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks630.860.3%-2.6%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds395.10-0.1%-1.4%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds379.420.2%0.5%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil65.51-2.0%-1.4%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,169.780.4%-2.3%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services20,694.112.2%-7.5%13.6%
Health Care8,842.742.2%-7.1%-3.7%
Oil & Gas8,464.851.9%-6.6%6.0%
$ per £1.400.6%3.3%9.5%
€ per £1.13-0.4%0.0%-4.0%
¥ per £152.630.4%0.3%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)27.73-7.5%151.2%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,097.000.2%-19.7%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.52%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index4.10%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E19.29
FTSE All Share Adj P/E18.80
FTSE All Share Yld4.00%
15yr Gilt Yield1.80%
10yr Gilt Yield1.55%
10yr US Tres Yield2.84%

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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