Investment Market Update
Stocks in Tokyo pared gains while they were mixed elsewhere in Asia. BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and his board left the target interest rates and asset purchase program unchanged on Thursday.
US stocks fell after the Federal Reserve said it would start to trim bond holdings in October, but they pared losses by the end of Wednesday.
UK stocks were flat, although shares in retail group Kingfisher outperformed the market in morning trading, despite the firm's reporting of a 5.9% fall in half-year profits.
- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen acknowledged that the fall in inflation this year was a bit of a “mystery” but suggested that the central bank was on course to raise interest rates again in 2017 nonetheless. She told reporters on Wednesday that the economy was robust enough to withstand further rate increases and an imminent reduction in the Fed’s $4.5 trillion balance sheet.
- Alphabet's Google has struck a $1.1bn (£822m) deal with Taiwan's HTC to expand its smartphone business. Google will not take a stake in the firm, but some HTC staff will join the Silicon Valley giant.
|FTSE All Share||3,992.93||0.0%||3.1%||12.5%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,652.79||-0.1%||9.9%||11.0%|
|St. James's Place||1,123.00||-1.1%||14.5%||3.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||381.98||0.0%||5.7%||-1.2%|
|Dow Jones Ind||22,412.59||0.2%||13.4%||13.4%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||164.52||0.2%||21.8%||2.3%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||1,998.69||0.1%||14.1%||5.3%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||488.06||0.1%||15.7%||5.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||1,112.07||0.2%||29.0%||8.6%|
|MSCI AC World Value||214.93||0.1%||10.6%||9.5%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||261.19||0.1%||21.1%||1.8%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,519.20||0.1%||-0.2%||8.5%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||626.06||0.6%||-1.7%||21.2%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||392.71||0.0%||3.0%||10.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||374.80||0.1%||9.4%||15.0%|
|Brent Crude Oil||56.29||2.1%||-4.2%||23.4%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||21,346.38||-0.8%||8.4%||9.6%|
|Oil & Gas||7,923.64||0.9%||-7.3%||54.2%|
|$ per £||1.35||-0.7%||9.3%||-16.3%|
|€ per £||1.13||-0.4%||-4.0%||-15.7%|
|¥ per £||150.74||-0.4%||4.3%||-22.7%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||9.78||-3.9%||-30.3%||-22.9%|
|Baltic Dry Index||1,449.00||2.4%||50.8%||101.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.25%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.33%|
|Consumer Price Index||2.90%|
|Retail Price Index||3.90%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||21.86|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||21.11|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.83%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.67%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.34%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.27%|
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