Investment Market Update
Asian stocks were broadly lower, tracking a weak Wall Street session as traders awaited the conclusion of US-China talks in Beijing.
US stocks were mixed as tech-related stocks' strong performance offset part of the negative impact caused by the unexpected biggest fall of US retail sales in December 2018 in nine years.
UK stocks were mixed, following better-than-expected trade numbers out of China which added to optimism for a trade deal between Washington and Beijing.
- Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered another Commons defeat after MPs voted down her approach to Brexit talks. MPs voted by 303 to 258 - a majority of 45 - against a motion endorsing the government's negotiating strategy.
- Germany's economy just about avoided falling into recession during the final three months of last year. Europe's largest economy registered zero growth during the fourth quarter of 2018, the country's Federal Statistics Office said.
|FTSE All Share||3,934.29||0.0%||7.1%||-13.0%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,441.98||0.4%||5.1%||-12.4%|
|St. James's Place||942.20||-1.0%||-0.2%||-23.0%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||363.80||-0.3%||7.7%||-13.2%|
|Dow Jones Ind||25,439.39||-0.4%||9.1%||-5.6%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||157.09||0.0%||7.1%||-15.6%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||2,047.56||-0.3%||8.7%||-10.4%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||494.66||-0.3%||8.6%||-11.2%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||1,039.20||-0.3%||7.6%||-16.6%|
|MSCI AC World Value||208.40||-0.5%||7.2%||-13.2%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||276.21||0.0%||9.9%||-9.2%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,677.80||0.4%||1.9%||0.8%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||657.20||0.7%||2.3%||-1.2%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||402.64||0.3%||2.8%||-2.4%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||380.99||0.0%||4.4%||-3.7%|
|Brent Crude Oil||64.57||1.5%||19.5%||-14.9%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||18,897.32||-0.2%||8.3%||-21.0%|
|Oil & Gas||9,037.41||-1.3%||6.8%||-7.4%|
|$ per £||1.29||0.4%||0.9%||-6.2%|
|€ per £||1.14||0.6%||2.4%||-1.3%|
|¥ per £||142.55||0.7%||2.0%||-8.3%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||16.22||3.6%||-36.2%||160.2%|
|Baltic Dry Index||628.00||3.3%||-50.6%||3.3%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.75%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.87%|
|Consumer Price Index||1.80%|
|Retail Price Index||2.50%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||11.63|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||11.83|
|FTSE All Share Yld||4.58%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.37%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.15%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.65%|
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