Investment Market Update
Asian stocks declined on Thursday, tracking losses on Wall Street after the Fed raised interest rates a further 0.25%.
US stocks declined on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve's forecast of fewer interest rate increases in 2019 fell short of investors’ hopes of a more dovish monetary policy.
UK stocks were higher on Wednesday, helped by merger news from pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline with US pharma giant Pfizer, and a weaker pound.
- The UK inflation rate fell slightly to 2.3% in November, from 2.4% the previous month, driven mainly by a big fall in petrol prices. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) figure for the month was the lowest since March 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
- Washington DC's top prosecutor is suing Facebook in the first significant US move to punish the firm for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. It accused Facebook of allowing the wholesale scraping of personal data on tens of millions of users.
|FTSE All Share||3,694.98||0.9%||-12.5%||9.0%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,174.72||0.0%||-12.5%||14.9%|
|St. James's Place||926.80||0.1%||-24.4%||20.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||341.52||0.3%||-12.2%||7.7%|
|Dow Jones Ind||23,323.66||-1.5%||-5.6%||25.1%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||148.08||0.2%||-14.8%||28.7%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||1,892.71||-0.8%||-10.0%||20.1%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||457.65||-0.7%||-10.8%||21.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||967.65||0.5%||-16.5%||34.2%|
|MSCI AC World Value||196.37||-0.7%||-12.3%||15.2%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||254.24||0.0%||-8.1%||28.3%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,612.44||-0.1%||0.7%||3.0%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||653.95||-0.9%||1.0%||2.3%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||392.18||0.0%||-2.1%||5.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||367.69||-0.1%||-2.6%||9.7%|
|Brent Crude Oil||57.24||1.7%||-9.1%||14.5%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||17,610.70||0.5%||-21.2%||13.6%|
|Oil & Gas||8,458.75||1.3%||-6.6%||6.0%|
|$ per £||1.26||-0.2%||-6.5%||9.5%|
|€ per £||1.11||0.4%||-1.2%||-4.0%|
|¥ per £||142.23||0.2%||-6.6%||5.3%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||25.58||0.0%||131.7%||-21.4%|
|Baltic Dry Index||1,378.00||-1.2%||0.9%||42.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.75%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.91%|
|Consumer Price Index||2.30%|
|Retail Price Index||3.20%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||11.25|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||11.53|
|FTSE All Share Yld||4.72%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.50%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.27%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.75%|
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