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Investment Market Update

24 May 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -1.1% 7788.44
FTSE 250 -0.9% 21004.90
Euro Stoxx 600 -1.1% 392.58
S&P 500 0.3% 2733.29
Nikkei -1.2% 22419.45
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.0% 30659.98


Asian stocks traded lower on Thursday, with investors cautious over fresh trade-related developments as the trade dispute between the US and China remained in focus.


US stocks erased early losses and closed higher on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting showed the central bank plans to stay on a gradual path of rate increases even if inflation meets its target.


UK Stocks were down on Wednesday joining other European indices to close in negative territory. Renewed fears over a potential trade war with China, in addition to concerns that OPEC could ease the self-imposed production cut in oil brought UK stocks down.


  • Cable TV giant Comcast says it is considering a takeover offer for Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, setting the stage for showdown with Walt Disney. Disney has agreed to pay $52.4bn for Fox, but Comcast said it was in the "advanced stages" of preparing a better bid.
  • President Donald Trump has ordered a national security probe into vehicle imports, which could bring new tariffs. Mr Trump said the US car industry was "critical to our strength as a nation" and ordered the Department of Commerce to investigate. The probe rests on 1960s legislation which lets the president restrict imports if they threaten national security.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,788.44-1.1%1.3%7.6%
FTSE 25021,004.90-0.9%1.3%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,278.28-1.1%1.3%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap6,014.53-0.5%1.7%14.9%
St. James's Place1,200.00-1.9%-2.1%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600392.58-1.1%0.9%7.7%
DAX 3012,976.84-1.5%0.5%12.5%
CAC 405,565.85-1.3%4.8%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,733.290.3%2.2%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,886.810.2%0.7%25.1%
Hang Seng30,659.980.0%2.5%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,419.45-1.2%-1.5%19.1%
Australia 2006,034.800.0%-0.5%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific173.56-0.4%-0.1%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,122.90-0.3%0.9%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)515.86-0.3%0.6%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,133.10-0.8%-2.2%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value218.81-0.6%-2.3%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth286.15-0.1%3.4%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,553.260.8%-1.0%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks625.160.7%-3.5%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds392.400.3%-2.1%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds373.06-0.2%-1.2%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil79.800.3%21.9%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,708.73-2.4%6.2%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services20,222.990.1%-9.6%13.6%
Health Care10,351.14-0.3%8.8%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,870.64-2.9%8.9%6.0%
$ per £1.340.7%-0.6%9.5%
€ per £1.14-0.1%1.2%-4.0%
¥ per £149.021.3%-2.1%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)12.58-4.8%13.9%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,162.00-3.1%-14.9%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.62%
Consumer Price Index2.40%
Retail Price Index3.40%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E13.27
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.71
FTSE All Share Yld3.96%
15yr Gilt Yield1.72%
10yr Gilt Yield1.44%
10yr US Tres Yield2.99%

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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