Investment Market Update
Asian stocks fell after a surprise hike in short-term interest rates by China’s central bank. China’s domestic equity markets were lower and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell. Japanese equities dipped and South Korea’s gained.
US stocks finished the day flat in the wake of the Fed keeping 2018 monetary tightening plans as is despite boosting its growth projection.
UK stocks closed lower as news broke that average earnings are still lagging behind inflation. Shares in Tui the travel company, rose marginally, as investors were encouraged by a 12% rise in annual profits. Dixons Carphone was the biggest winner, with a 6.5% gain. Investors have looked at the company's latest results and clearly seen things they liked, even though they showed a 60% fall in pre-tax profits.
- Prime Minister Theresa May heads to a European summit that was set to be a celebration of the breakthrough victory in Brexit talks she clinched last week. Instead, she arrives hours after a serious defeat at the hands of her own party. Lawmakers voted 309 to 305 on Wednesday evening to change her government’s planned legislation so that it guarantees they will get a “meaningful vote” on the final deal to leave the European Union at the end of negotiations in 2019.
- The Federal Reserve isn’t buying President Donald Trump’s argument that his tax cut package will lead to a significantly stronger, sustainable expansion of the economy. While the central bank would welcome such a development, outgoing Fed Chair Janet Yellen suggested on Wednesday that policy makers generally see the plan as having a modest and mostly short-term impact.
|FTSE All Share||4,111.96||-0.1%||6.2%||12.5%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,770.98||0.0%||12.2%||11.0%|
|St. James's Place||1,167.00||0.3%||15.1%||3.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||390.70||-0.2%||8.1%||-1.2%|
|Dow Jones Ind||24,585.43||0.3%||24.4%||13.4%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||170.78||0.5%||26.5%||2.3%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||2,084.37||0.0%||19.0%||5.3%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||506.84||0.1%||20.2%||5.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||1,118.81||0.6%||29.8%||8.6%|
|MSCI AC World Value||221.42||0.1%||13.9%||9.5%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||273.34||0.2%||26.8%||1.8%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,575.57||0.1%||1.4%||8.5%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||641.71||-0.5%||0.8%||21.2%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||398.68||0.1%||4.6%||10.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||375.54||0.0%||9.6%||15.0%|
|Brent Crude Oil||62.44||-1.4%||6.5%||23.4%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||22,072.85||-0.3%||12.1%||9.6%|
|Oil & Gas||8,776.65||-0.9%||2.7%||54.2%|
|$ per £||1.33||-0.3%||7.9%||-16.3%|
|€ per £||1.14||0.1%||-3.2%||-15.7%|
|¥ per £||151.29||0.2%||4.7%||-22.7%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||10.18||2.6%||-27.5%||-22.9%|
|Baltic Dry Index||1,730.00||-0.7%||80.0%||101.1%|
|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||20.16|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||19.64|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.74%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.54%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.22%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.34%|
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