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Investment Market Update

09 April 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.2% 7183.64
FTSE 250 -0.2% 19530.17
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.3% 374.82
S&P 500 -2.2% 2604.47
Nikkei 0.5% 21674.57
Hang Seng (HK$) 1.3% 30232.58


Asian stocks increased as investors weighed the likelihood the world’s two largest economies will eventually resolve their ongoing trade spat.


US stocks closed lower after comments made by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, suggested that the Fed will need to continue raising interest rates. 


UK stocks closed lower following US President Donald Trump's threat to potentially impose an additional $100bn in trade tariffs on Chinese exports. 


  • US job growth slowed sharply in March, as employers added 103,000 positions over the month. The figure was lower than expected, and left the unemployment rate unchanged at 4.1%. Analysts said the cold weather may have contributed to the slowdown, which was anticipated to some degree after February's blockbuster gains.
  • Deutsche Bank has dismissed its chief executive John Cryan amid continued losses at Germany's biggest lender. Co-deputy chief executive Christian Sewing will take over the role with immediate effect. Since Mr Cryan began the job in 2015, there have been a series of scandals as well as three years of reported losses.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,183.64-0.2%-6.6%7.6%
FTSE 25019,530.17-0.2%-5.8%14.7%
FTSE All Share3,953.47-0.2%-6.4%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,637.160.5%-4.6%14.9%
St. James's Place1,052.00-0.7%-14.2%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600374.82-0.3%-3.7%7.7%
DAX 3012,241.27-0.5%-5.2%12.5%
CAC 405,258.24-0.3%-1.0%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,604.47-2.2%-2.6%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind23,932.76-2.3%-3.2%25.1%
Hang Seng30,232.581.3%1.0%38.5%
Nikkei 22521,674.570.5%-4.8%19.1%
Australia 2005,808.700.3%-4.2%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific171.670.0%-1.2%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,052.78-1.3%-2.4%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)502.32-1.2%-2.1%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,161.97-0.4%0.3%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value215.88-1.1%-3.6%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth275.23-1.4%-0.6%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,572.410.2%-0.5%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks637.830.2%-1.5%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds393.840.2%-1.7%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds377.620.1%0.1%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil67.11-1.8%2.0%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,863.79-1.5%-7.2%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services20,095.630.3%-10.1%13.6%
Health Care9,578.530.1%0.7%-3.7%
Oil & Gas8,553.98-0.4%-5.6%6.0%
$ per £1.40-0.7%3.5%9.5%
€ per £1.14-0.4%1.5%-4.0%
¥ per £150.27-0.3%-1.3%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)21.4913.5%94.7%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index948.00-0.5%-30.6%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.75%
Consumer Price Index2.70%
Retail Price Index3.60%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.81
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.16
FTSE All Share Yld4.11%
15yr Gilt Yield1.65%
10yr Gilt Yield1.40%
10yr US Tres Yield2.77%

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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