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Investment Market Update

21 May 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.1% 7778.79
FTSE 250 -0.1% 20989.77
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.3% 394.67
S&P 500 -0.3% 2712.97
Nikkei 0.3% 23002.37
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.9% 31338.34


Stocks were buoyant in Asia as investor sentiment got a boost from news that the US and China had stepped back from a trade war, with most major equities benchmarks in positive territory.


US shares continued to remain flat on Friday, due to investor fears over US-China talks and pressures on banking and technology stocks. 


UK shares shares ended lower as investor enthusiasm waned following Thursday's record close. However, the FTSE still posted its eighth straight week of gains.


  • US stockholders received record dividends of $113 billion in the first quarter as almost 80% of companies increased their payments from a year earlier, according to a report today from Janus Henderson Group Plc.
  • Brexit supporters “fearing betrayal” over a new customs plan should trust Prime Minister Theresa May to deliver on her promises as the UK prepares to leave the European Union, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,778.79-0.1%1.2%7.6%
FTSE 25020,989.77-0.1%1.3%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,273.81-0.1%1.2%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap6,025.390.2%1.9%14.9%
St. James's Place1,204.500.9%-1.8%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600394.67-0.3%1.4%7.7%
DAX 3013,077.72-0.3%1.2%12.5%
CAC 405,614.51-0.1%5.7%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,712.97-0.3%1.5%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,715.090.0%0.0%25.1%
Hang Seng31,338.340.9%4.7%38.5%
Nikkei 22523,002.370.3%1.0%19.1%
Australia 2006,084.500.0%0.3%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific174.370.1%0.3%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,120.80-0.2%0.8%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)515.66-0.3%0.5%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,137.75-0.6%-1.8%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value219.18-0.4%-2.2%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth285.49-0.1%3.1%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,534.350.4%-1.5%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks621.810.6%-4.0%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds392.340.3%-2.1%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds373.64-0.1%-1.0%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil78.51-1.0%19.9%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,732.79-1.4%6.6%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services20,134.560.1%-10.0%13.6%
Health Care10,199.50-0.8%7.2%-3.7%
Oil & Gas10,094.230.0%11.4%6.0%
$ per £1.350.3%0.0%9.5%
€ per £1.150.1%1.7%-4.0%
¥ per £149.540.2%-1.8%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)13.42-0.1%21.6%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,273.00-2.5%-6.8%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.62%
Consumer Price Index2.50%
Retail Price Index3.30%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E13.24
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.66
FTSE All Share Yld3.89%
15yr Gilt Yield1.76%
10yr Gilt Yield1.50%
10yr US Tres Yield3.06%

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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