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Investment Market Update

31 October 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.1% 7035.85
FTSE 250 0.5% 18667.73
Euro Stoxx 600 0.0% 355.53
S&P 500 1.6% 2682.63
Nikkei 2.2% 21920.46
Hang Seng (HK$) 1.1% 24863.46


Asian stocks advanced on the last day of what is shaping up as the worst month for global stocks in more than six years.


US stocks finished solidly higher, taking a break from the selling action that has dominated October even as analysts predicted more volatility ahead.


UK stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Construction & Materials, Fixed Line Telecommunications and Electronic & Electrical Equipment sectors led shares higher.


  • Facebook's user growth has slowed and its revenue has missed forecasts, according to the firm's latest results. Sales rose by 33% to $13.7bn (£10.7bn) in the third quarter, but fell short of expectations and trailed the prior quarter's 42% gain.
  • Italy's economy came to a standstill in the third quarter of the year, registering no growth at all. It comes as the new coalition government is arguing with the European Commission over the need for an expansionary budget to boost growth.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,035.850.1%-8.5%7.6%
FTSE 25018,667.730.5%-9.9%14.7%
FTSE All Share3,854.680.2%-8.7%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,413.400.2%-8.4%14.9%
St. James's Place993.801.1%-18.9%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600355.530.0%-8.6%7.7%
DAX 3011,287.39-0.4%-12.6%12.5%
CAC 404,978.53-0.2%-6.3%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,682.631.6%0.3%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,874.641.8%0.6%25.1%
Hang Seng24,863.461.1%-16.9%38.5%
Nikkei 22521,920.462.2%-3.7%19.1%
Australia 2005,830.310.4%-3.9%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific146.690.6%-15.6%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,997.191.1%-5.1%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)478.191.0%-6.8%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets936.300.2%-19.2%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value205.080.9%-8.5%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth262.291.0%-5.2%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,588.750.2%0.0%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks654.220.9%1.0%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds395.650.0%-1.3%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds372.21-0.2%-1.4%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil75.91-1.8%19.3%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,722.36-0.4%-9.4%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,209.08-0.9%-14.1%13.6%
Health Care10,582.430.9%11.2%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,108.681.0%0.5%6.0%
$ per £1.280.7%-5.2%9.5%
€ per £1.120.4%-0.2%-4.0%
¥ per £143.990.4%-5.4%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)23.35-5.5%111.5%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,522.000.2%11.4%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.81%
Consumer Price Index2.40%
Retail Price Index3.30%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E11.73
FTSE All Share Adj P/E10.79
FTSE All Share Yld4.46%
15yr Gilt Yield1.57%
10yr Gilt Yield1.40%
10yr US Tres Yield3.12%

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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