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Investment Market Update

10 September 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.6% 7277.70
FTSE 250 -0.4% 20209.61
Euro Stoxx 600 0.1% 373.77
S&P 500 -0.2% 2871.68
Nikkei 0.3% 22363.64
Hang Seng (HK$) -1.2% 26642.87


Asian stocks fell for an eighth day, its longest losing streak since December, after President Donald Trump said he’s ready to escalate the trade war with China.


US stocks fell for a fourth straight days after President Donald Trump’s threat to escalate the trade war with China roiled technology and multinational shares.


UK stocks fell for the fourth day, with the FTSE 100 dropping 0.6% to 7,277.70. The index dropped to the lowest closing level since April 17. 


  • Jack Ma, the executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has said he plans to step down in a year. The news, in a letter sent by Mr Ma to Alibaba customers and shareholders, follows conflicting reports over the weekend on the timing of his exit.
  • A four-day working week will be possible this century if businesses are forced to share the benefits of new technology with their workforce. That's the claim from the TUC, which is using its annual conference to call on the government to take action to help people work less but get paid the same.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,277.70-0.6%-5.3%7.6%
FTSE 25020,209.61-0.4%-2.5%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,022.00-0.5%-4.7%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,828.710.2%-1.4%14.9%
St. James's Place1,101.00-2.0%-10.2%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600373.770.1%-4.0%7.7%
DAX 3011,959.630.0%-7.4%12.5%
CAC 405,252.220.2%-1.1%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,871.68-0.2%7.4%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind25,916.54-0.3%4.8%25.1%
Hang Seng26,642.87-1.2%-11.0%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,363.640.3%-1.8%19.1%
Australia 2006,142.200.0%1.3%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific160.07-0.3%-7.9%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,137.60-0.3%1.6%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)512.97-0.2%0.0%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,022.980.5%-11.7%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value214.46-0.2%-4.3%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth288.43-0.2%4.2%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,583.91-0.4%-0.1%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks633.03-0.9%-2.3%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds395.62-0.3%-1.3%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds375.61-0.1%-0.5%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil76.830.4%20.0%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,596.09-1.6%-11.4%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,855.380.0%-11.2%13.6%
Health Care10,454.580.1%9.9%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,066.71-0.8%0.1%6.0%
$ per £1.290.1%-4.3%9.5%
€ per £1.11-0.5%-1.2%-4.0%
¥ per £143.24-0.1%-5.9%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)14.881.6%34.8%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,490.000.4%9.1%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.80%
Consumer Price Index2.50%
Retail Price Index3.20%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.06
FTSE All Share Adj P/E12.13
FTSE All Share Yld4.22%
15yr Gilt Yield1.61%
10yr Gilt Yield1.46%
10yr US Tres Yield2.94%

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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