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Investment Market Update

26 April 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.6% 7379.32
FTSE 250 -0.9% 20019.08
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.8% 380.17
S&P 500 0.2% 2639.40
Nikkei 0.5% 22334.64
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.9% 30061.39


Asian stocks were mixed, as solid earnings from the technology sector and an unsolicited takeover for one of the region’s healthcare heavyweights boost sentiment.


US stocks finished mostly higher, with strong earnings from Boeing offsetting worries about higher interest rates.


UK stocks fell, with the blue-chip market’s six-day winning streak coming to an end after elevated US bond yields triggered a selloff on Wall Street and pressured equity markets world-wide.


  • More than 40 companies have signed up to a pact to cut plastic pollution over the next seven years. The firms, which include Coca-Cola and Asda, have promised to honour a number of pledges such as eliminating single-use packaging through better design.
  • The number of cars made in the UK during March fell by 13.3% from a year earlier as both domestic and overseas demand for vehicles declined.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,379.32-0.6%-4.0%7.6%
FTSE 25020,019.08-0.9%-3.4%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,059.93-0.7%-3.8%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,795.49-0.6%-2.0%14.9%
St. James's Place1,117.00-0.5%-8.9%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600380.17-0.8%-2.3%7.7%
DAX 3012,422.30-1.0%-3.8%12.5%
CAC 405,413.30-0.6%1.9%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,639.400.2%-1.3%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,083.830.2%-2.6%25.1%
Hang Seng30,061.39-0.9%0.5%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,334.640.5%-1.9%19.1%
Australia 2005,912.00-0.2%-2.5%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific171.87-0.7%-1.1%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,076.74-0.2%-1.3%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)506.32-0.3%-1.3%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,140.27-1.2%-1.6%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value218.59-0.3%-2.4%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth276.22-0.4%-0.2%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,521.770.2%-1.9%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks619.270.6%-4.4%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds391.990.0%-2.2%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds376.66-0.3%-0.2%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil74.000.2%12.5%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,245.21-1.8%-1.1%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,221.611.2%-14.0%13.6%
Health Care9,686.68-1.8%1.8%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,231.10-1.1%1.9%6.0%
$ per £1.400.3%3.4%9.5%
€ per £1.14-0.2%1.4%-4.0%
¥ per £151.97-0.2%-0.2%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)17.84-1.0%61.6%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,376.003.5%0.7%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.75%
Consumer Price Index2.50%
Retail Price Index3.30%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E13.12
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.49
FTSE All Share Yld4.01%
15yr Gilt Yield1.78%
10yr Gilt Yield1.54%
10yr US Tres Yield3.03%

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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