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Investment Market Update

18 July 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.3% 7626.33
FTSE 250 0.3% 20871.27
Euro Stoxx 600 0.2% 384.98
S&P 500 0.4% 2809.55
Nikkei 0.6% 22832.40
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.1% 28143.01


Asian stocks advanced after an upbeat assessment on the US economy from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell comforted investors wary of a blowout in protectionism.


US stocks pushed mostly higher as some investors took Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s comments to suggest that the central bank is willing to slow down the pace of interest-rate increases if needed.


UK stocks closed higher, as commodity shares worked on recovering ground lost in the prior session and a softer pound provided a boost.


  • Google will learn if it faces a record fine over its Android operating system today. The European Commission has claimed the US tech giant's mobile device strategy unfairly strengthened its dominance of search. The regulator can fine the firm up to 10% of its annual revenue - which amounts to £8.5bn.
  • US President Donald Trump has said he accepts US intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election - despite declining to do so just a day ago.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, market data is unavailable.

Market data

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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