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Investment Market Update

15 February 2019

World markets

FTSE 100 0.1% 7197.01
FTSE 250 -0.4% 18898.20
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.3% 363.80
S&P 500 -0.3% 2745.73
Nikkei -1.1% 20900.63
Hang Seng (HK$) -1.9% 27878.21


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.


Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,197.010.1%7.0%-12.5%
FTSE 25018,898.20-0.4%8.0%-15.6%
FTSE All Share3,934.290.0%7.1%-13.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,441.980.4%5.1%-12.4%
St. James's Place942.20-1.0%-0.2%-23.0%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600363.80-0.3%7.7%-13.2%
DAX 3011,089.79-0.7%5.0%-18.3%
CAC 405,062.52-0.2%7.0%-11.0%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,745.73-0.3%9.5%-6.2%
Dow Jones Ind25,439.39-0.4%9.1%-5.6%
Hang Seng27,878.21-1.9%7.9%-13.6%
Nikkei 22520,900.63-1.1%4.4%-12.1%
Australia 2006,066.100.1%7.4%-6.9%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific157.090.0%7.1%-15.6%
World (US$)
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 Markets1,039.20-0.3%7.6%-16.6%
MSCI AC World Value208.40-0.5%7.2%-13.2%
MSCI AC World Growth276.210.0%9.9%-9.2%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,677.800.4%1.9%0.8%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks657.200.7%2.3%-1.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds402.640.3%2.8%-2.4%
ML Global High Yield Bonds380.990.0%4.4%-3.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil64.571.5%19.5%-14.9%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,392.04-0.1%10.6%-9.2%
Consumer Goods and Services18,897.32-0.2%8.3%-21.0%
Health Care10,850.703.4%4.2%8.8%
Oil & Gas9,037.41-1.3%6.8%-7.4%
$ per £1.290.4%0.9%-6.2%
€ per £1.140.6%2.4%-1.3%
¥ per £142.550.7%2.0%-8.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)16.223.6%-36.2%160.2%
Baltic Dry Index628.003.3%-50.6%3.3%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.87%
Consumer Price Index1.80%
Retail Price Index2.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E11.63
FTSE All Share Adj P/E11.83
FTSE All Share Yld4.58%
15yr Gilt Yield1.37%
10yr Gilt Yield1.15%
10yr US Tres Yield2.65%

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 2019. "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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