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Investment Market Update

19 March 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.3% 7164.14
FTSE 250 -0.1% 19804.90
Euro Stoxx 600 0.2% 377.71
S&P 500 0.2% 2752.01
Nikkei -0.9% 21480.90
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.2% 31579.64


Asia stocks were mixed, with Japanese shares declining as the country’s political drama tests investor nerves and as Apple Inc.’s move to make its own displays for the first time hit regional producers.


US stocks rose as a pair of positive economic reports on industrial production and consumer sentiment helped offset worries about political uncertainty amidst reports that President Donald Trump plans to remove national security adviser HR McMaster.


UK stocks rose slightly as a weakening US dollar helped buoy the prices of commodities such as oil. 


  • The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has raised its UK growth forecast, but warns it will be among the worst performing G7 economies until 2020. The BCC has raised its GDP forecast for 2018 from 1.1% to 1.4% and in 2019 from 1.3% to 1.5%. Its first forecast for 2020 is for 1.6% growth. 
  • Facebook and a US data firm, Cambridge Analytica, have been accused of misleading Parliament. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said both firms must answer more questions over claims that details from 50 million profiles were gathered without consent. 

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,164.140.30%-6.80%7.60%
FTSE 25019,804.90-0.10%-4.40%14.70%
FTSE All Share3,957.080.30%-6.30%9.00%
FTSE Small Cap5,754.800.00%-2.70%14.90%
St. James's Place1,141.500.10%-6.90%20.90%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600377.710.20%-2.90%7.70%
DAX 3012,389.580.40%-4.10%12.50%
CAC 405,282.750.30%-0.60%9.30%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,752.010.20%2.90%19.40%
Dow Jones Ind24,946.510.30%0.90%25.10%
Hang Seng31,579.640.20%5.50%38.50%
Nikkei 22521,480.90-0.90%-5.60%19.10%
Australia 2005,959.430.20%-1.70%7.00%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific178.128-0.30%2.50%28.70%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,134.050.00%1.50%20.10%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)522.4740.00%1.80%21.60%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,213.14-0.30%4.70%34.20%
MSCI AC World Value222.7410.20%-0.60%15.20%
MSCI AC World Growth288.461-0.20%4.20%28.30%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,563.460.10%-0.70%3.00%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks637.610.00%-1.60%2.30%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds394.5090.00%-1.60%5.70%
ML Global High Yield Bonds377.4250.00%0.00%9.70%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil66.211.70%0.20%14.50%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,182.070.40%-2.10%25.00%
Consumer Goods and Services19,379.41-0.40%-13.30%13.60%
Health Care9,075.541.00%-4.60%-3.70%
Oil & Gas8,143.441.40%-10.10%6.00%
$ per £1.39650.20%3.30%9.50%
€ per £1.1321-0.20%0.50%-4.00%
¥ per £148.0170.10%-2.80%5.30%
VIX Index (Volatility)15.8-4.80%43.10%-21.40%
Baltic Dry Index1,150.00-1.60%-15.80%42.14%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.61%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index4.00%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.74555
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.12089
FTSE All Share Yld4.13%
15yr Gilt Yield1.67%
10yr Gilt Yield1.43%
10yr US Tres Yield2.84%

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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