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Investment Market Update

28 September 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.5% 7545.44
FTSE 250 -0.3% 20374.21
Euro Stoxx 600 0.3% 386.38
S&P 500 0.3% 2914.00
Nikkei 1.4% 24136.24
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.5% 27841.71


Asian markets rebounded on Friday as strong US economic data supported the Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates.


Apple and Amazon led the US stock market to small gains Thursday. Internet and health care companies rose while mining companies fell with metals prices.


UK stocks closed higher on Thursday, as the pound was held back by strength in the dollar following a US rate rise and investors remained nervous on the outcome of Brexit talks.


  • Italy's populist government has come to an agreement over spending as it tries to "end poverty" with its first budget. A joint statement from Five Star and the League late on Thursday said they had agreed to set the budget deficit at 2.4% of GDP - defying Brussels. It comes after the administration was said to have clashed with its economy minister, technocrat Giovanni Tria. Mr Tria was understood to have wanted to stick to lower spending to avoid adding to Italy's €2.3tn debt.
  • Tens of thousands of Ryanair passengers across Europe face travel disruption on Friday after strikes forced the airline to cancel 250 flights. The total had stood at 150 until German pilots decided on Thursday to walk out, resulting in another 100 cancellations. They will join striking pilots in the Netherlands and Belgium. Cabin crews in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain will also go on strike in a row over contracts and conditions. So far, very few flights to and from the UK seem to have been affected. 

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,545.440.5%-1.9%7.6%
FTSE 25020,374.21-0.3%-1.7%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,145.890.3%-1.8%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,830.690.0%-1.4%14.9%
St. James's Place1,154.501.7%-5.8%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600386.380.3%-0.7%7.7%
DAX 3012,435.590.4%-3.7%12.5%
CAC 405,540.410.5%4.3%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,914.000.3%9.0%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind26,439.930.2%7.0%25.1%
Hang Seng27,841.710.5%-6.9%38.5%
Nikkei 22524,136.241.4%6.0%19.1%
Australia 2006,224.900.7%2.6%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific164.84-0.6%-5.2%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,188.710.0%4.1%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)525.440.0%2.4%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,051.300.5%-9.2%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value219.54-0.1%-2.0%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth295.630.1%6.8%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,535.090.1%-1.5%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks627.49-0.1%-3.1%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds392.400.1%-2.1%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds379.570.0%0.6%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil81.720.5%27.6%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,150.94-0.7%-2.6%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services20,063.581.1%-10.3%13.6%
Health Care10,769.610.8%13.2%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,866.060.4%8.9%6.0%
$ per £1.320.6%-2.5%9.5%
€ per £1.12-0.1%-0.4%-4.0%
¥ per £148.820.1%-2.2%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)12.41-3.7%12.4%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,524.001.4%11.6%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.80%
Consumer Price Index2.70%
Retail Price Index3.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.60
FTSE All Share Adj P/E12.60
FTSE All Share Yld4.07%
15yr Gilt Yield1.74%
10yr Gilt Yield1.60%
10yr US Tres Yield3.05%

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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