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Investment Market Update

06 July 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.4% 7603.22
FTSE 250 -0.2% 20621.09
Euro Stoxx 600 0.4% 381.59
S&P 500 0.9% 2736.61
Nikkei 1.1% 21788.14
Hang Seng (HK$) 1.2% 28531.43


Asian stocks were mixed on the last trading day of the week, with investors bracing for developments on the trade front as a deadline for tariffs from the U.S. and China to take effect passed on Friday.


US stocks climbed Thursday ahead of a looming tariff deadline as investors weighed economic data and a potential de-escalation of some trade tensions with Europe.


UK stocks closed higher as Wall Street shares were on the up and investors welcomed the suggested news that trade talks are moving in the right direction. 


  • US tariffs on $34bn (£25.7bn) of Chinese goods have come into effect, signalling the start of an all-out trade battle between the world's two largest economies. The 25% levy came into effect at midnight Washington time. China has retaliated by imposing a 25% tariff on 545 items imported from the US worth a total of $34bn.
  • The Bank of England governor now has more confidence in the UK economy, in a speech which could stoke expectations of an interest rate rise in August. Mark Carney said recent data had given him "greater confidence" that weak first-quarter growth "was largely due to the weather". He said household spending and sentiment had "bounced back strongly".

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,603.220.4%-1.1%7.6%
FTSE 25020,621.09-0.2%-0.5%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,180.730.3%-1.0%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,882.66-0.2%-0.5%14.9%
St. James's Place1,167.000.3%-4.8%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600381.590.4%-2.0%7.7%
DAX 3012,464.291.2%-3.5%12.5%
CAC 405,366.320.9%1.0%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,736.610.9%2.4%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,356.740.8%-1.5%25.1%
Hang Seng28,531.431.2%-4.6%38.5%
Nikkei 22521,788.141.1%-4.3%19.1%
Australia 2006,272.300.9%3.4%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific162.60-0.5%-6.5%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,096.190.7%-0.3%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)505.840.6%-1.4%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,054.35-0.2%-9.0%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value212.630.6%-5.1%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth282.950.6%2.2%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,613.170.2%0.7%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks642.330.4%-0.8%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds394.430.2%-1.6%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds371.990.2%-1.4%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil77.39-1.1%19.5%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,229.981.8%-1.4%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services20,317.03-0.3%-9.1%13.6%
Health Care10,208.34-0.1%7.3%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,784.900.7%8.0%6.0%
$ per £1.320.0%-2.1%9.5%
€ per £1.130.3%0.7%-4.0%
¥ per £146.08-0.1%-4.0%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)14.97-7.2%35.6%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,612.002.9%18.0%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.70%
Consumer Price Index2.40%
Retail Price Index3.30%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E13.05
FTSE All Share Adj P/E12.99
FTSE All Share Yld4.01%
15yr Gilt Yield1.54%
10yr Gilt Yield1.26%
10yr US Tres Yield2.83%

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.


McCue Wealth Management Ltd

Mark McCue MA (Hons)

Director of McCue Wealth Management Ltd

Partner Practice of St. James's Place Wealth Management

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