Investment Market Update
Asian stocks were mostly up, in line with Wall Street, as upbeat US and Chinese economic news boosted sentiment. Chinese manufacturing clocked unexpected growth.
US shares rose as the Commerce Department said the economy grew faster than expected in the second quarter. Technology companies led the gains, with Cisco and Microsoft seeing some of the biggest increases.
UK shares closed higher on Wednesday, but Royal Mail is set to leave the ranks of the FTSE 100 alongside Provident Financial.
- Shell boss Ben Van Beurden says Storm Harvey is a "major event" for the industry and the firm's staff in Texas. Shell, which has its US base in the Texas city of Houston, has put some of its staff in emergency homes and closed two major facilities.
- Online gambling firm 888 has been fined a record of more than £7.8m for failing to protect vulnerable customers properly. The Gambling Commission, which has set the penalty package, said "safeguarding customers is not optional".
|FTSE All Share||4,036.92||0.4%||4.2%||12.5%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,672.68||0.2%||10.3%||11.0%|
|St. James's Place||1,154.59||-0.2%||17.7%||3.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||371.01||0.7%||2.7%||-1.2%|
|Dow Jones Ind||21,892.43||0.1%||10.8%||13.4%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||160.30||0.1%||18.7%||2.3%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||1,947.53||0.1%||11.2%||5.3%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||475.79||0.2%||12.8%||5.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||1,088.00||0.6%||26.2%||8.6%|
|MSCI AC World Value||209.07||0.0%||7.6%||9.5%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||255.17||0.4%||18.3%||1.8%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,609.94||-0.4%||2.4%||8.5%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||654.15||-1.0%||2.7%||21.2%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||400.05||-0.3%||4.9%||10.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||371.03||-0.1%||8.3%||15.0%|
|Brent Crude Oil||50.86||-2.2%||-13.5%||23.4%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||22,039.16||0.1%||12.0%||9.6%|
|Oil & Gas||7,735.96||0.2%||-9.5%||54.2%|
|$ per £||1.29||0.0%||4.8%||-16.3%|
|€ per £||1.08||-1.0%||-8.3%||-15.7%|
|¥ per £||141.11||-1.1%||-2.3%||-22.7%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||11.22||-4.1%||-20.1%||-22.9%|
|Baltic Dry Index||1,181.00||-1.8%||22.9%||101.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.25%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.28%|
|Consumer Price Index||2.60%|
|Retail Price Index||3.60%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||22.13|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||21.26|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.84%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.42%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.03%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.13%|
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