Investment Market Update
Asian stocks climbed as the latest bout of earnings results buoyed sentiment in the technology sector and traders kept an eye on the historic meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea.
US stocks closed higher, boosted by solid earnings from Facebook and a rebound in technology stocks as US bond yields pulled back.
UK stocks moved higher, but fell short of the boost seen in European markets, after Shell's results capped gains on the index.
- The number of new houses registered to be built in the first three months of the year fell by 14% due to the harsh winter weather, new figures show. Statistics from the National House Building Council revealed the drop - the worse percentage fall in one three month period since 2012. Alongside poor retail figures, many economists now fear that the first quarter GDP growth figure to be published later this morning will be weak.
- Royal Bank of Scotland has reported a profit of £792m for the first three months of the year, up from £259m for the same quarter last year. The rise is partly thanks to a fall in restructuring costs, and a drop in conduct and litigation costs. The bank is also continuing with its plan to shrink in size, which means its running costs are falling.
|FTSE All Share||4,083.53||0.6%||-3.3%||9.0%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,840.27||0.8%||-1.2%||14.9%|
|St. James's Place||1,126.50||0.9%||-8.1%||20.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||383.75||0.9%||-1.4%||7.7%|
|Dow Jones Ind||24,322.34||1.0%||-1.6%||25.1%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||171.88||0.0%||-1.1%||28.7%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||2,092.44||0.8%||-0.5%||20.1%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||509.91||0.7%||-0.6%||21.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||1,144.35||0.4%||-1.2%||34.2%|
|MSCI AC World Value||219.29||0.3%||-2.1%||15.2%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||279.21||1.1%||0.9%||28.3%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,535.52||0.4%||-1.5%||3.0%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||622.58||0.5%||-3.9%||2.3%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||392.86||0.2%||-2.0%||5.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||376.88||0.1%||-0.1%||9.7%|
|Brent Crude Oil||74.74||1.0%||13.6%||14.5%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||19,521.22||1.6%||-12.7%||13.6%|
|Oil & Gas||9,241.81||0.1%||2.0%||6.0%|
|$ per £||1.39||0.1%||3.1%||9.5%|
|€ per £||1.14||-0.4%||1.6%||-4.0%|
|¥ per £||152.26||0.1%||0.0%||5.3%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||16.24||-9.0%||47.1%||-21.4%|
|Baltic Dry Index||1,375.00||-0.1%||0.7%||42.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.50%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.76%|
|Consumer Price Index||2.50%|
|Retail Price Index||3.30%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||12.83|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||13.24|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.99%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.75%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.50%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.98%|
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