Investment Market Update
Asian shares were mostly higher Thursday, supported by strong corporate earnings and the Federal Reserve's decision to pause its slow-moving campaign to raise interest rates.
US stocks climbed modestly on Wednesday to record closing highs after the Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged and strong earnings reports from Boeing and AT&T.
UK stocks closed higher on Wednesday, as strong updates from ITV and Compass Group helped the index inch up, underpinned also by gains among defensive stocks.
- UK economic growth edged slightly higher in the three months to June, as a stronger service sector offset weaker manufacturing and construction. The Office for National Statistics said the economy expanded by 0.3% in the quarter, up from 0.2% in the previous three months.
- Lloyds Banking Group says it has set aside another £1bn for personal protection insurance claims, £700m more than it was planning to. It said the extra provision would cover "reactive claims" of about 9,000 per week through to August 2019.
|FTSE All Share||4,079.45||0.3%||5.3%||12.5%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,654.43||-0.4%||9.9%||11.0%|
|St. James's Place||1,220.00||1.3%||22.7%||3.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||382.74||0.5%||5.9%||-1.2%|
|Dow Jones Ind||21,711.01||0.5%||9.9%||13.4%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||159.21||0.1%||17.9%||2.3%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||1,961.90||0.1%||12.0%||5.3%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||477.55||0.1%||13.2%||5.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||1,062.29||0.1%||23.2%||8.6%|
|MSCI AC World Value||210.96||0.0%||8.5%||9.5%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||254.80||0.2%||18.2%||1.8%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,544.35||0.2%||0.6%||8.5%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||629.79||0.2%||-1.1%||21.2%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||394.24||0.2%||3.4%||10.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||369.14||0.1%||7.8%||15.0%|
|Brent Crude Oil||50.97||1.5%||-13.4%||23.4%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||22,327.44||0.6%||13.4%||9.6%|
|Oil & Gas||7,644.93||0.1%||-10.6%||54.2%|
|$ per £||1.30||-0.1%||5.7%||-16.3%|
|€ per £||1.12||-0.3%||-4.6%||-15.7%|
|¥ per £||145.55||-0.5%||0.7%||-22.7%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||9.60||1.8%||-31.6%||-22.9%|
|Baltic Dry Index||968.00||-1.2%||0.7%||101.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.25%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.29%|
|Consumer Price Index||2.60%|
|Retail Price Index||3.50%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||24.44|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||23.23|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.76%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.60%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.23%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.29%|
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