Investment Market Update
Asian stocks closed mixed as Japanese shares declined, while those in Hong Kong extended a record winning streak. Equities rose in most Asia-Pacific markets with above-average volumes in Hong Kong and South Korea, while a stronger yen weighed on Japanese stocks.
US stocks increased as energy producers touched a 13-month high, offsetting losses in rate-sensitive utilities and real estate owners.
UK stocks closed mixed, with the FTSE 100 increasing its new year rally as it finished at an all-time high for third day in a row. It was given a boost by oil giants BP and Shell, as well as miners like Anglo American, on the back of rising oil and metal prices.
- The price of oil has hit $70 a barrel for the first time since December 2014. Brent crude climbed after members of Opec said it would continue to limit supplies. The RAC, the motoring group, has warned that rising oil prices could lead to higher forecourt costs for motorists. However, the AA said that drivers would benefit if supermarkets resumed their petrol price war.
- The government will meet Carillion and the Pensions Regulator on Friday to discuss the giant services and construction company's deficit. Carillion, which is one of the government's biggest contractors, is struggling under £1.5bn of debt, including a pension shortfall of £587m. The company held talks with its lenders and advisers in London on Wednesday. However, no announcement has been made on a business plan to secure its future.
|FTSE All Share||4,258.09||0.1%||0.9%||9.0%|
|FTSE Small Cap||6,020.46||0.4%||1.8%||14.9%|
|St. James's Place||1,239.50||-1.4%||1.1%||20.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||397.25||-0.3%||2.1%||7.7%|
|Dow Jones Ind||25,574.73||0.8%||3.5%||25.1%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||180.41||-0.3%||3.8%||28.7%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||2,171.78||0.4%||3.2%||20.1%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||529.74||0.4%||3.3%||21.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||1,197.01||0.0%||3.3%||34.2%|
|MSCI AC World Value||230.63||0.4%||2.9%||15.2%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||286.64||0.3%||3.6%||28.3%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,556.36||-0.2%||-0.9%||3.0%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||642.60||-0.4%||-0.8%||2.3%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||400.03||-0.1%||-0.2%||5.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||380.04||0.2%||0.7%||9.7%|
|Brent Crude Oil||69.26||0.1%||3.6%||14.5%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||22,105.20||0.5%||-1.1%||13.6%|
|Oil & Gas||9,364.18||0.6%||3.4%||6.0%|
|$ per £||1.35||-0.2%||0.0%||9.5%|
|€ per £||1.13||0.4%||0.4%||-4.0%|
|¥ per £||150.70||-0.1%||-1.0%||5.3%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||9.88||0.6%||-10.5%||-21.4%|
|Baltic Dry Index||1,303.00||-4.6%||-4.6%||42.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.50%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.52%|
|Consumer Price Index||3.10%|
|Retail Price Index||3.90%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||21.08|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||20.41|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.78%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.61%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.31%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.54%|
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