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Investment Market Update

16 July 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.1% 7661.87
FTSE 250 0.2% 20813.12
Euro Stoxx 600 0.2% 385.03
S&P 500 0.1% 2801.31
Nikkei 0.0% 22597.35
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.3% 28435.05


Asian stocks fell on Monday as mixed economic data in China failed to allay concern about the world’s second largest economy’s ability to the withstand the risks of a trade war.


US stocks climbed Friday and posted weekly gains, as a solid start to the corporate earnings season helped investors brush aside fears about a global trade rift.


UK stocks closed Friday higher as Wall Street indices firmed and the pound reversed earlier losses. It comes as President Donald Trump was on his first official visit to the UK where he has met the Prime Minister Theresa May. 


  • Theresa May is to promise extra investment for the aerospace industry, just days after Airbus threatened to reduce its UK presence because of Brexit disruption. The prime minister will also say that her Brexit plan will secure millions of aviation jobs in Britain.
  • China's economy grew at an annual pace of 6.7% in the three months to June, official data showed, meeting forecasts for the period. That marked a slight slowdown from a 6.8% expansion recorded in the previous quarter.The data comes as the government attempts to curb growing debt and as trade tensions with the US escalate.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,661.870.1%-0.3%7.6%
FTSE 25020,813.120.2%0.4%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,213.220.1%-0.2%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,896.970.2%-0.3%14.9%
St. James's Place1,178.500.2%-3.9%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600385.030.2%-1.1%7.7%
DAX 3012,540.730.4%-2.9%12.5%
CAC 405,429.200.4%2.2%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,801.310.1%4.8%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind25,019.410.4%1.2%25.1%
Hang Seng28,435.05-0.3%-5.0%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,597.350.0%-0.7%19.1%
Australia 2006,241.50-0.4%2.9%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific165.610.8%-4.7%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,134.600.2%1.5%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)515.220.2%0.4%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,075.640.5%-7.1%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value214.620.0%-4.2%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth290.700.4%5.0%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,607.73-0.1%0.5%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks644.15-0.1%-0.6%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds395.280.1%-1.4%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds373.890.1%-0.9%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil75.331.2%16.3%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,144.950.0%-2.7%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services20,503.920.0%-8.3%13.6%
Health Care10,515.340.4%10.5%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,806.050.2%8.2%6.0%
$ per £1.320.0%-2.2%9.5%
€ per £1.13-0.1%0.5%-4.0%
¥ per £148.650.1%-2.4%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)12.18-3.2%10.3%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,666.002.1%22.0%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.73%
Consumer Price Index2.40%
Retail Price Index3.30%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E13.07
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.01
FTSE All Share Yld3.96%
15yr Gilt Yield1.55%
10yr Gilt Yield1.27%
10yr US Tres Yield2.83%

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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