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Investment Market Update

12 February 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -1.1% 7092.43
FTSE 250 -0.6% 19217.49
Euro Stoxx 600 -1.4% 368.61
S&P 500 1.5% 2619.55
Nikkei 0.0% 21382.62
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.7% 29703.99


Asian stocks increased as shares in Hong Kong and China rose, as did South Korean equities after the S&P 500 Index jumped on Friday.


US stocks closed higher after all three main indexes reversed earlier losses. 


UK stocks closed lower following volatile trading on Wall Street in the afternoon.


  • Details of people on state benefits could be handed to energy firms so they can give them special rates. The plan, under consideration by the government, is intended as a new approach to help people who are struggling to pay their energy bills. It would allow power companies to transfer customers to a special tariff set by the regulator, Ofgem.
  • Aldi has been rated the UK's best supermarket, nudging previously top-ranked Waitrose down to fourth place. Customers criticised Aldi stores for being "untidy" and for a lack of staff availability, but rated them highly for offering value for money, according to consumer group Which?. Marks and Spencer was second, winning marks for store appearance and product quality. Lidl ranked third.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,092.43-1.1%-7.7%7.6%
FTSE 25019,217.49-0.6%-7.3%14.7%
FTSE All Share3,902.85-1.0%-7.6%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,634.09-0.3%-4.7%14.9%
St. James's Place1,105.00-2.0%-9.9%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600368.61-1.4%-5.3%7.7%
DAX 3012,107.48-1.2%-6.3%12.5%
CAC 405,079.21-1.4%-4.4%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,619.551.5%-2.0%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,190.901.4%-2.1%25.1%
Hang Seng29,703.990.7%-0.7%38.5%
Nikkei 22521,382.620.0%-6.1%19.1%
Australia 2005,820.70-0.3%-4.0%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific170.54-1.7%-1.9%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,050.900.3%-2.5%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)500.910.0%-2.4%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,142.85-1.7%-1.3%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value217.21-0.1%-3.0%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth272.100.2%-1.7%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,498.880.3%-2.5%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks622.750.1%-3.9%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds392.790.0%-2.0%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds375.38-0.6%-0.5%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil62.79-3.1%-5.5%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,975.95-0.4%-5.4%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,972.83-1.0%-10.7%13.6%
Health Care8,766.28-1.1%-7.9%-3.7%
Oil & Gas8,155.57-1.9%-10.0%6.0%
$ per £1.390.5%2.9%9.5%
€ per £1.130.5%0.8%-4.0%
¥ per £151.080.4%-0.8%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)29.06-13.2%163.2%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,125.001.7%-17.6%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.53%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index4.10%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E18.82
FTSE All Share Adj P/E18.37
FTSE All Share Yld4.13%
15yr Gilt Yield1.80%
10yr Gilt Yield1.57%
10yr US Tres Yield2.85%

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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