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Investment Market Update

18 February 2019

World markets

FTSE 100 0.6% 7236.68
FTSE 250 0.5% 18987.23
Euro Stoxx 600 1.4% 368.94
S&P 500 1.1% 2775.60
Nikkei 1.8% 21281.85
Hang Seng (HK$) 1.7% 28370.94


Asian stocks were higher as traders looked forward to the continuation of trade talks between Chinese and American officials in Washington this week.


US stocks finished the week with strong gains after President Trump approved legislation averting another government shutdown and noted progress in US-China trade talks.


UK stocks were broadly higher, as the FTSE 100 touched a fresh four-month high amid US-China trade talk optimism.


  • Facebook needs far stricter regulation, with tough and urgent action necessary to end the spread of disinformation on its platform, MPs have said. A Commons committee has concluded that the firm's founder Mark Zuckerberg failed to show "leadership or personal responsibility" over fake news.
  • Tap-in, tap-out rail fares could be expanded beyond London if a group of train operators gets its way. The Rail Delivery Group has set out a wish-list of reforms for the industry and it wants the UK and devolved governments to support them.


Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,236.680.6%7.6%-12.5%
FTSE 25018,987.230.5%8.5%-15.6%
FTSE All Share3,954.560.5%7.6%-13.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,437.01-0.1%5.0%-12.4%
St. James's Place949.200.7%0.6%-23.0%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600368.941.4%9.3%-13.2%
DAX 3011,299.801.9%7.0%-18.3%
CAC 405,153.191.8%8.9%-11.0%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,775.601.1%10.7%-6.2%
Dow Jones Ind25,883.251.7%11.0%-5.6%
Hang Seng28,370.941.7%9.8%-13.6%
Nikkei 22521,281.851.8%6.3%-12.1%
Australia 2006,089.840.4%7.9%-6.9%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific155.60-0.9%6.1%-15.6%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,066.590.9%9.7%-10.4%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)498.240.7%9.3%-11.2%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,030.64-0.8%6.7%-16.6%
MSCI AC World Value210.350.9%8.2%-13.2%
MSCI AC World Growth277.630.5%10.5%-9.2%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,669.60-0.2%1.7%0.8%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks655.97-0.2%2.1%-1.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds401.92-0.2%2.6%-2.4%
ML Global High Yield Bonds381.480.1%4.6%-3.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil66.252.6%22.6%-14.9%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,478.001.3%12.1%-9.2%
Consumer Goods and Services19,015.990.6%9.0%-21.0%
Health Care10,959.911.0%5.2%8.8%
Oil & Gas9,031.33-0.1%6.7%-7.4%
$ per £1.28-0.7%0.5%-6.2%
€ per £1.13-0.7%1.8%-1.3%
¥ per £141.61-0.6%1.3%-8.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)14.91-8.1%-41.3%160.2%
Baltic Dry Index639.001.8%-49.7%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/E11.67
FTSE All Share Adj P/E11.90
FTSE All Share Yld4.55%
15yr Gilt Yield1.38%
10yr Gilt Yield1.16%
10yr US Tres Yield2.66%

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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