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Investment Market Update

09 March 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.6% 7203.24
FTSE 250 1.0% 19968.01
Euro Stoxx 600 1.0% 376.62
S&P 500 0.4% 2738.97
Nikkei 0.5% 21469.20
Hang Seng (HK$) 1.0% 30957.13


Asian stocks rose and the yen dropped on news of an agreement for an unprecedented summit between the leaders of the US and North Korea, defusing geopolitical concerns tied to the nuclear-armed dictatorship in northeast Asia. 


US stocks closed higher after President Donald Trump announced tariffs that were narrower than some traders had anticipated on steel and aluminium. 


UK stocks closed up following other European markets higher. Germany's Dax and France's Cac 40 gained 1% and 1.5% respectively, after the European Central Bank kept eurozone interest rates on hold.


  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump are to meet in person as early as May, it has been announced, an extraordinary overture after months of mutual hostility. News of the meeting was delivered by South Korean officials after talks with Mr Trump at the White House. They passed a verbal message from Mr Kim, saying the North Korean leader was "committed to denuclearisation".
  • ​Restaurant chains Wagamama and TGI Fridays have each been fined an undisclosed amount for failing to pay staff the National Minimum Wage. They were among 43 employers in the hospitality sector on the government's latest list of firms breaking the law. Wagamama has repaid an average of £50 to 2,630 employees. TGI Friday's had to repay £25 each to 2,300 staff. 

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,203.240.6%-6.3%7.6%
FTSE 25019,968.011.0%-3.7%14.7%
FTSE All Share3,979.760.7%-5.7%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,758.300.4%-2.6%14.9%
St. James's Place1,155.001.3%-5.8%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600376.621.0%-3.2%7.7%
DAX 3012,355.570.9%-4.4%12.5%
CAC 405,254.101.3%-1.1%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,738.970.4%2.4%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,895.210.4%0.7%25.1%
Hang Seng30,957.131.0%3.5%38.5%
Nikkei 22521,469.200.5%-5.7%19.1%
Australia 2005,963.230.3%-1.7%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific175.040.7%0.7%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,125.280.4%1.0%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)519.650.4%1.3%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,195.240.5%3.2%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value221.980.3%-0.9%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth286.370.5%3.5%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,532.830.1%-1.6%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks629.670.2%-2.8%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds393.760.2%-1.8%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds377.91-0.1%0.1%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil63.61-1.1%-3.8%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,028.30-1.2%-4.6%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,743.901.5%-11.7%13.6%
Health Care9,097.871.4%-4.4%-3.7%
Oil & Gas8,260.820.2%-8.8%6.0%
$ per £1.390.5%2.8%9.5%
€ per £1.12-0.1%-0.5%-4.0%
¥ per £147.090.3%-3.4%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)16.54-6.9%49.8%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,197.000.5%-12.4%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.60%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index4.00%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.72
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.14
FTSE All Share Yld4.12%
15yr Gilt Yield1.74%
10yr Gilt Yield1.47%
10yr US Tres Yield2.86%

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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