Investment Market Update
Asian stocks fell, with Japan sliding for a seventh day and shares in Hong Kong declining amid risk-off sentiment triggered by a political deadlock in Italy.
US stocks fell due to stumbling oil prices.
UK stocks closed marginally higher as investors offered a muted response to preliminary UK gross domestic product figures as they eye potential upwards revision despite reported slowdown.
- UK engineering firm Smiths Group has begun talks with the US company ICU Medical about merging the two firms' healthcare operations.
- The European Union is proposing a ban on single-use plastics to help protect marine life. The proposals are aimed at outlawing many commonplace plastic items including straws, cotton buds, cutlery, balloon sticks and drink stirrers.
|FTSE All Share||4,255.20||0.0%||0.8%||9.0%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,976.83||0.0%||1.1%||14.9%|
|St. James's Place||1,208.00||0.0%||-1.5%||20.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||389.82||-0.3%||0.2%||7.7%|
|Dow Jones Ind||24,753.09||0.0%||0.1%||25.1%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||173.73||0.1%||0.0%||28.7%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||2,107.14||-0.2%||0.2%||20.1%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||512.68||-0.1%||-0.1%||21.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||1,137.00||0.0%||-1.9%||34.2%|
|MSCI AC World Value||216.40||-0.2%||-3.4%||15.2%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||285.67||-0.1%||3.2%||28.3%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,587.07||0.0%||-0.1%||3.0%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||630.40||0.0%||-2.7%||2.3%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||394.45||0.0%||-1.6%||5.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||372.74||0.0%||-1.2%||9.7%|
|Brent Crude Oil||75.30||-1.5%||15.0%||14.5%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||20,460.38||0.0%||-8.5%||13.6%|
|Oil & Gas||9,503.07||0.0%||4.9%||6.0%|
|$ per £||1.33||0.0%||-1.5%||9.5%|
|€ per £||1.14||-0.2%||1.4%||-4.0%|
|¥ per £||145.62||0.0%||-4.3%||5.3%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||13.22||0.0%||19.7%||-21.4%|
|Baltic Dry Index||1,077.00||0.0%||-21.2%||42.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.50%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.61%|
|Consumer Price Index||2.40%|
|Retail Price Index||3.40%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||13.22|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||13.66|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.94%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.62%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.32%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.93%|
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