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Investment Market Update

11 April 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 1.0% 7266.75
FTSE 250 1.0% 19675.48
Euro Stoxx 600 0.8% 378.42
S&P 500 1.7% 2656.87
Nikkei -0.3% 21736.16
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.8% 30965.97


Asian stocks fluctuated amid a lack of fresh impetus as an easing of trade tensions paved the way for investors to turn to key US inflation data due today.


US stocks rallied on Tuesday as Wall Street breathed a sigh of relief after China's president said he would work to open the country's economy, easing trade war fears.


UK stocks were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Oil Equipment Services & Distribution, Mining and Industrial Metals & Mining sectors propelled shares higher.


  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has told US senators his company is in a constant battle with Russian operators seeking to exploit the social network.
  • New stores are opening on UK High Streets at their lowest rate in seven years, research suggests. The Local Data Company, which studied the top 500 British town centres, found there were 4,083 new store openings in 2017, the lowest since 2010.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,266.751.00%-5.50%7.60%
FTSE 25019,675.481.00%-5.10%14.70%
FTSE All Share3,995.861.00%-5.40%9.00%
FTSE Small Cap5,676.620.70%-4.00%14.90%
St. James's Place1,072.501.10%-12.50%20.90%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600378.420.80%-2.80%7.70%
DAX 3012,397.321.10%-4.00%12.50%
CAC 405,307.560.80%-0.10%9.30%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,656.871.70%-0.60%19.40%
Dow Jones Ind24,408.001.80%-1.30%25.10%
Hang Seng30,965.970.80%3.50%38.50%
Nikkei 22521,736.16-0.30%-4.50%19.10%
Australia 2005,827.30-0.50%-3.90%7.00%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific174.40.90%0.30%28.70%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,090.111.40%-0.60%20.10%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)511.0411.40%-0.40%21.60%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,175.321.10%1.50%34.20%
MSCI AC World Value219.541.30%-2.00%15.20%
MSCI AC World Growth280.1161.40%1.20%28.30%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,560.44-0.30%-0.80%3.00%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks635.64-0.30%-1.90%2.30%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds393.287-0.10%-1.90%5.70%
ML Global High Yield Bonds378.9760.20%0.40%9.70%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil71.043.50%8.00%14.50%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,960.422.80%-5.60%25.00%
Consumer Goods and Services20,073.97-0.10%-10.20%13.60%
Health Care9,685.501.10%1.80%-3.70%
Oil & Gas8,730.922.20%-3.60%6.00%
$ per £1.4135-0.10%4.60%9.50%
€ per £1.14750.10%1.90%-4.00%
¥ per £151.157-0.30%-0.70%5.30%
VIX Index (Volatility)20.47-6.00%85.40%-21.40%
Baltic Dry Index9742.30%-28.70%42.14%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.76%
Consumer Price Index2.70%
Retail Price Index3.60%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.96154
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.30633
FTSE All Share Yld4.06%
15yr Gilt Yield1.67%
10yr Gilt Yield1.41%
10yr US Tres Yield2.80%

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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