Investment Market Update
Asian stocks were mixed as China's spending plans overshadowed data showing a slowdown in factory output and investment.
US stocks fell, with the S&P 500 Index heading for its first weekly drop in four, as April consumer prices and retail sales reports reinforced expectations for tepid economic growth.
Most UK stocks rose, including the FTSE 100, which was boosted by a rise for AstraZeneca after it reported that a cancer drug trial showed promising results.
- A cyber-attack that has hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a "wake-up call", Microsoft says. It blamed governments for storing data on software vulnerabilities which could then be accessed by hackers.
- Budget airline AirAsia has signed a joint venture agreement to set up a new low-cost carrier in China. It wants to tap in to demand in the country, which is set to overtake the US to become the world's biggest aviation market within the next decade.
|FTSE All Share||4,071.15||0.5%||5.1%||12.5%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,623.10||0.2%||9.3%||11.0%|
|St. James's Place||1,180.00||1.2%||18.7%||3.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||395.63||0.3%||9.5%||-1.2%|
|Dow Jones Ind||20,896.61||-0.1%||5.7%||13.4%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||150.84||-0.1%||11.7%||2.3%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||1,892.97||0.1%||8.1%||5.3%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||459.60||0.1%||9.0%||5.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||1,002.37||0.2%||16.2%||8.6%|
|MSCI AC World Value||203.95||0.0%||4.9%||9.5%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||244.13||0.2%||13.2%||1.8%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,581.82||0.7%||1.6%||8.5%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||651.72||0.5%||2.4%||21.2%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||393.44||0.6%||3.2%||10.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||359.61||0.1%||5.0%||15.0%|
|Brent Crude Oil||50.84||0.1%||-13.4%||23.4%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||22,367.34||0.5%||13.6%||9.6%|
|Oil & Gas||7,932.55||0.4%||-7.2%||54.2%|
|$ per £||1.29||-0.1%||4.3%||-16.3%|
|€ per £||1.18||0.5%||1.0%||-15.7%|
|¥ per £||146.53||0.3%||1.4%||-22.7%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||10.40||-1.9%||-25.9%||-22.9%|
|Baltic Dry Index||1,014.00||0.2%||5.5%||101.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.25%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.31%|
|Consumer Price Index||2.30%|
|Retail Price Index||3.10%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||25.07|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||23.73|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.80%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.49%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.09%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.33%|
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