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Investment Market Update

26 October 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.6% 7004.10
FTSE 250 0.7% 18531.53
Euro Stoxx 600 0.5% 355.07
S&P 500 1.9% 2705.57
Nikkei -0.6% 21133.30
Hang Seng (HK$) -1.0% 24745.49


Asian stocks extended declines at the end of a torrid week; dragging the region’s equities deeper into a bear market.


US stocks rallied on Thursday wiping out part of the market's fall from the day before, but stocks are still down over the past three weeks.


UK stocks closed marginally higher despite an early fall in global markets led by a sharp drop on Wednesday by US blue chips.


  • UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet is not close enough to agreeing a way forward for top level Brexit negotiations to resume, even as time is running short to reach deal, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland has reported a 14% rise in third-quarter pre-tax profits to £448m, from £392m a year earlier. RBS is still 62% publicly owned after being bailed out by the government at the height of the financial crisis.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,004.100.6%-8.9%7.6%
FTSE 25018,531.530.7%-10.6%14.7%
FTSE All Share3,836.720.5%-9.1%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,432.02-0.9%-8.1%14.9%
St. James's Place983.601.4%-19.8%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600355.070.5%-8.8%7.7%
DAX 3011,307.121.0%-12.5%12.5%
CAC 405,032.301.6%-5.3%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,705.571.9%1.2%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,984.551.6%1.1%25.1%
Hang Seng24,745.49-1.0%-17.3%38.5%
Nikkei 22521,133.30-0.6%-7.2%19.1%
Australia 2005,665.200.0%-6.6%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific146.88-1.9%-15.5%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,006.270.9%-4.6%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)480.830.7%-6.3%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets948.96-0.4%-18.1%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value204.370.4%-8.8%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth266.091.1%-3.9%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,570.620.1%-0.5%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks643.240.2%-0.7%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds394.870.0%-1.5%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds373.56-0.2%-1.0%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil76.890.9%20.8%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,689.881.4%-9.9%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,573.191.2%-12.5%13.6%
Health Care10,398.41-1.4%9.3%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,008.270.2%-0.6%6.0%
$ per £1.290.5%-4.7%9.5%
€ per £1.130.3%0.4%-4.0%
¥ per £145.020.4%-4.7%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)24.22-4.0%119.4%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,516.00-1.9%11.0%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.81%
Consumer Price Index2.40%
Retail Price Index3.30%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E11.83
FTSE All Share Adj P/E10.85
FTSE All Share Yld4.47%
15yr Gilt Yield1.62%
10yr Gilt Yield1.44%
10yr US Tres Yield3.12%

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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