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Investment Market Update

15 March 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.1% 7132.69
FTSE 250 -0.2% 19820.12
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.1% 374.94
S&P 500 -0.6% 2749.48
Nikkei 0.1% 21803.95
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.2% 31500.72


Asian stocks fell, tracking losses in US equities overnight over concerns that consumer spending is cooling in the world’s largest economy after retail sales data unexpectedly dropped.


US stocks fell after President Donald Trump sought to impose fresh tariffs on China, intensifying fears of a trade war that could raise costs and hurt overseas sales for US companies.


UK stocks fell, as losses in the Oil Equipment Services & Distribution, Food & Drug Retailers and Oil & Gas Producers sectors led shares lower, a new 1-month low.


  • China’s plan to allow overseas-listed tech cos. to list domestically via Chinese Depository Receipts would put pressure on A-share market liquidity and sentiment, potentially causing a selloff in overvalued ChiNext stocks, UBS Securities says.
  • Toys R Us is set to close or sell all of its 885 stores in the US in the coming months. That move would put about 33,000 jobs at risk.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,132.69-0.10%-7.20%7.60%
FTSE 25019,820.12-0.20%-4.40%14.70%
FTSE All Share3,943.63-0.10%-6.60%9.00%
FTSE Small Cap5,750.13-0.60%-2.70%14.90%
St. James's Place1,122.000.80%-8.50%20.90%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600374.94-0.10%-3.70%7.70%
DAX 3012,237.740.10%-5.30%12.50%
CAC 405,233.36-0.20%-1.50%9.30%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,749.48-0.60%2.80%19.40%
Dow Jones Ind24,758.12-1.00%0.20%25.10%
Hang Seng31,500.720.20%5.30%38.50%
Nikkei 22521,803.950.10%-4.20%19.10%
Australia 2005,920.80-0.20%-2.40%7.00%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific178.613-0.20%2.80%28.70%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,134.51-0.50%1.50%20.10%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)522.867-0.50%1.90%21.60%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,218.70-0.40%5.20%34.20%
MSCI AC World Value222.683-0.70%-0.60%15.20%
MSCI AC World Growth288.953-0.30%4.40%28.30%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,558.370.70%-0.90%3.00%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks637.181.20%-1.60%2.30%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds395.3130.40%-1.40%5.70%
ML Global High Yield Bonds378.098-0.10%0.20%9.70%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil64.890.40%-1.80%14.50%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,184.340.90%-2.10%25.00%
Consumer Goods and Services19,541.730.60%-12.60%13.60%
Health Care8,934.42-0.30%-6.10%-3.70%
Oil & Gas8,067.06-1.30%-11.00%6.00%
$ per £1.39710.00%3.40%9.50%
€ per £1.1275-0.20%0.10%-4.00%
¥ per £148.9590.20%-2.10%5.30%
VIX Index (Volatility)17.235.40%56.10%-21.40%
Baltic Dry Index1,179.00-1.10%-13.70%42.14%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.60%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index4.00%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.62474
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.03075
FTSE All Share Yld4.14%
15yr Gilt Yield1.68%
10yr Gilt Yield1.44%
10yr US Tres Yield2.82%

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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