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Investment Market Update

15 March 2019

World markets

FTSE 100 0.4% 7185.43
FTSE 250 0.5% 19283.06
Euro Stoxx 600 0.8% 378.52
S&P 500 -0.1% 2808.48
Nikkei 0.8% 21450.85
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.8% 29089.96


Asian stocks closed higher on Friday as sentiment improved on a report that US-China trade talks were making progress.


US stocks closed mostly lower Thursday as investors digested headlines suggesting progress toward a US-China trade deal has stalled against the backdrop of weaker-than-expected Chinese economic data.


UK stocks closed slightly higher as continuing Brexit chaos following Wednesday's vote dampened investor enthusiasm.


  • Key government contractor Interserve faces a crunch vote on Friday which could lead it into administration. The outsourcing giant has been trying to persuade shareholders to back a rescue deal which would see 95% of the firm pass to lenders. It reached a deal with creditors last month to prevent its collapse.
  • The US is suing Volkswagen, accusing the German carmaker of "massive fraud" over the diesel emissions scandal. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) claims the firm misled investors by issuing billions of dollars worth of bonds and securities, without disclosing that the company had cheated emissions tests. Volkswagen's former chief executive Martin Winterkorn is also being sued.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,185.430.4%6.8%-12.5%
FTSE 25019,283.060.5%10.2%-15.6%
FTSE All Share3,941.780.4%7.3%-13.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,450.810.0%5.3%-12.4%
St. James's Place1,039.502.1%10.1%-23.0%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600378.520.8%12.1%-13.2%
DAX 3011,587.470.1%9.7%-18.3%
CAC 405,349.780.8%13.1%-11.0%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,808.48-0.1%12.0%-6.2%
Dow Jones Ind25,709.940.0%10.2%-5.6%
Hang Seng29,089.960.8%12.6%-13.6%
Nikkei 22521,450.850.8%7.2%-12.1%
Australia 2006,175.17-0.1%9.4%-6.9%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific157.73-0.3%7.5%-15.6%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,096.330.0%11.3%-10.4%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)505.560.0%11.0%-11.2%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,048.20-0.2%8.5%-16.6%
MSCI AC World Value212.430.0%9.3%-13.2%
MSCI AC World Growth283.030.0%12.7%-9.2%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,648.800.0%1.1%0.8%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks667.651.0%3.9%-1.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds404.770.1%3.3%-2.4%
ML Global High Yield Bonds386.620.1%6.0%-3.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil67.23-0.5%23.8%-14.9%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,371.82-1.0%10.3%-9.2%
Consumer Goods and Services19,295.050.6%10.6%-21.0%
Health Care10,789.060.1%3.6%8.8%
Oil & Gas8,943.680.5%5.7%-7.4%
$ per £1.32-0.4%3.6%-6.2%
€ per £1.17-0.4%5.0%-1.3%
¥ per £146.87-0.9%5.1%-8.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)13.500.7%-55.6%160.2%
Baltic Dry Index677.003.5%-46.7%3.3%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.84%
Consumer Price Index1.80%
Retail Price Index2.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E14.55
FTSE All Share Adj P/E14.63
FTSE All Share Yld4.49%
15yr Gilt Yield1.53%
10yr Gilt Yield1.22%
10yr US Tres Yield2.63%

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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