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Investment Market Update

19 February 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.8% 7294.70
FTSE 250 0.8% 19733.64
Euro Stoxx 600 1.1% 380.62
S&P 500 0.0% 2732.22
Nikkei 2.0% 22149.21
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.0% 31115.43


Asian stocks rose for a sixth-straight session, set for the longest winning streak in almost six weeks, after US stocks capped their biggest weekly gain in five years. Japanese shares rose for a third day.


US stocks held steady as gains in rate-sensitive utilities and property firms offset losses in consumer discretionary companies.


UK stocks rose, closing with their best weekly performance in 14 months as London’s blue-chip index followed the recovery effort of US equities.


  • The prime minister is to call for better value for students in England, admitting they face "one of the most expensive systems of university tuition in the world". Theresa May will announce an independent review of fees and student finance later today. 
  • London’s property market has moved out of its boom phase, according to Rightmove. The February report from the home-listing website shows that asking prices were down 1% from a year earlier, a sixth consecutive fall.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,294.700.8%-5.1%7.6%
FTSE 25019,733.640.8%-4.8%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,012.280.8%-5.0%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,763.981.2%-2.5%14.9%
St. James's Place1,125.000.7%-8.2%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600380.621.1%-2.2%7.7%
DAX 3012,451.960.9%-3.6%12.5%
CAC 405,281.581.1%-0.6%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,732.220.0%2.2%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind25,219.380.1%2.0%25.1%
Hang Seng31,115.430.0%4.0%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,149.212.0%-2.7%19.1%
Australia 2005,941.590.6%-2.0%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific176.560.3%1.6%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,137.910.3%1.6%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)522.600.3%1.9%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,199.74-0.2%3.6%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value225.250.3%0.5%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth285.550.2%3.2%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,498.800.7%-2.5%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks625.831.4%-3.4%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds392.260.6%-2.1%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds378.770.2%0.4%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil64.840.8%-2.4%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,411.65-0.2%1.5%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services20,313.801.0%-9.2%13.6%
Health Care8,933.181.0%-6.1%-3.7%
Oil & Gas8,239.270.5%-9.1%6.0%
$ per £1.400.1%3.9%9.5%
€ per £1.13-0.4%0.0%-4.0%
¥ per £149.850.6%-1.6%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)19.461.7%76.3%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,084.00-0.5%-20.6%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.55%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index4.00%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E18.86
FTSE All Share Adj P/E18.53
FTSE All Share Yld3.99%
15yr Gilt Yield1.83%
10yr Gilt Yield1.58%
10yr US Tres Yield2.87%

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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