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Investment Market Update

13 April 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.0% 7258.34
FTSE 250 0.6% 19772.93
Euro Stoxx 600 0.7% 378.82
S&P 500 0.8% 2663.99
Nikkei 0.7% 21802.63
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.1% 30856.13


Asian stocks traded mostly higher on Friday, with investor confidence improving amid a de-escalation in recent trade and geopolitical tensions.


Stocks on Wall Street rose on Thursday as US President Donald Trump signalled a more cautious approach to potential Syria missile strikes and a more welcoming approach to international trade talks.


UK stocks closed flat on Thursday as Middle East tensions cooled. Top riser on the FTSE 100 was Micro Focus International PLC, which added over 7% after reports that Elliott Management Corp had built up a position in the enterprise software firm.


  • Volkswagen has replaced its chief executive with Herbert Diess, who takes on responsibility for the entire company after overseeing the VW brand. He takes over from Matthias Mueller, who was appointed in 2015 at the height of the diesel emissions scandal. The move is part of sweeping changes announced by the German company, which also owns several other brands including Audi and Porsche.
  • US President Donald Trump has said he will only join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) if the deal is "substantially better" than the one offered to President Barack Obama. The TPP is the free trade pact with primarily Asia-Pacific nations that Mr Trump backed out of last year. The president has previously criticised the deal as a potential "disaster"

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,258.340.0%-5.6%7.6%
FTSE 25019,772.930.6%-4.6%14.7%
FTSE All Share3,996.540.1%-5.3%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,720.330.2%-3.2%14.9%
St. James's Place1,082.500.7%-11.7%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600378.820.7%-2.7%7.7%
DAX 3012,415.011.0%-3.9%12.5%
CAC 405,309.220.6%-0.1%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,663.990.8%-0.4%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,483.051.2%-1.0%25.1%
Hang Seng30,856.130.1%3.1%38.5%
Nikkei 22521,802.630.7%-4.2%19.1%
Australia 2005,829.300.2%-3.9%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific173.65-0.5%-0.1%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,090.900.4%-0.6%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)511.290.4%-0.3%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,176.880.1%1.6%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value219.700.3%-1.9%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth280.190.4%1.2%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,559.85-0.6%-0.8%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks634.03-1.2%-2.1%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds393.33-0.3%-1.9%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds379.520.0%0.6%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil72.02-0.1%9.5%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,959.030.1%-5.7%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,794.11-0.7%-11.5%13.6%
Health Care9,639.420.2%1.3%-3.7%
Oil & Gas8,708.78-0.8%-3.9%6.0%
$ per £1.42-0.4%4.9%9.5%
€ per £1.15-0.7%1.7%-4.0%
¥ per £151.50-0.7%-0.5%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)18.49-8.6%67.5%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index993.001.4%-27.3%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.77%
Consumer Price Index2.70%
Retail Price Index3.60%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.88
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.25
FTSE All Share Yld4.05%
15yr Gilt Yield1.69%
10yr Gilt Yield1.46%
10yr US Tres Yield2.84%

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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