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Investment Market Update

23 August 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.1% 7574.24
FTSE 250 0.0% 20642.50
Euro Stoxx 600 0.0% 384.02
S&P 500 0.0% 2861.82
Nikkei 0.3% 22423.14
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.3% 27845.19


Asian stocks were mixed Thursday after US and Chinese officials held talks on their deepening trade dispute ahead of a new round of tariff hikes.


US stocks turned in a lackluster performance Wednesday, but this session goes down in the record books as the day that marked the longest bull market run in history.


UK stocks rose modestly on Wednesday, as global investors turned their attention to the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting scheduled to be released after European markets had closed.


  • China says it plans to file a fresh complaint against President Donald Trump's tariffs at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The threat comes after the US imposed a second round of tariffs on $16bn (£12.4bn) of Chinese goods, in an escalation of their trade war.
  • The S&P 500 share index, which tracks the 500 biggest public companies in America, has hit a new milestone. The benchmark index on Wednesday marked 3,453 days since its prior low-point, set on 9 March 2009, when the world was reeling from the financial crisis.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,574.240.1%-1.5%7.6%
FTSE 25020,642.500.0%-0.4%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,167.830.1%-1.3%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,854.48-0.2%-1.0%14.9%
St. James's Place1,157.000.7%-5.6%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600384.020.0%-1.3%7.7%
DAX 3012,385.700.0%-4.1%12.5%
CAC 405,420.610.2%2.0%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,861.820.0%7.0%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind25,733.60-0.3%4.1%25.1%
Hang Seng27,845.19-0.3%-6.9%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,423.140.3%-1.5%19.1%
Australia 2006,250.90-0.2%3.1%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific164.060.4%-5.6%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,155.990.2%2.5%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)518.420.2%1.1%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,050.610.6%-9.3%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value217.290.1%-3.0%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth290.790.4%5.1%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,603.680.0%0.4%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks645.67-0.2%-0.3%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds397.580.0%-0.8%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds376.160.2%-0.3%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil74.783.0%16.1%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,905.620.6%-6.5%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services20,952.46-0.3%-6.3%13.6%
Health Care10,951.020.0%15.1%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,377.780.8%3.5%6.0%
$ per £1.29-0.2%-4.7%9.5%
€ per £1.110.0%-1.0%-4.0%
¥ per £142.26-0.3%-6.6%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)12.25-4.7%11.0%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,735.00-0.1%27.0%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.80%
Consumer Price Index2.50%
Retail Price Index3.20%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.57
FTSE All Share Adj P/E12.59
FTSE All Share Yld4.06%
15yr Gilt Yield1.56%
10yr Gilt Yield1.27%
10yr US Tres Yield2.82%

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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