Investment Market Update
Asian stock markets advanced Tuesday as investors prepared to assess a fresh round of corporate earnings reports and data releases for signs the global economy is on the right track.
US stocks started the week on an upbeat note, with bullish sentiment bolstered by strong corporate earnings. The positive earnings season has seen almost three-quarters of S&P 500 members that have unveiled their figures thus far report earnings and sales that have beat forecasts.
UK stocks closed flat yesterday, as a rise in HSBC on the back of strong results was offset by falling tobacco stocks following a new US regulatory clamp down.
- The Bank of England has been urged to share details of how prepared banks and insurance firms are for Brexit. Newly-appointed Treasury select committee chairwoman Nicky Morgan demanded the information, in one of her first moves since taking on the role. In a letter to the bank's Prudential Regulatory Authority, she asked for the key risks of a "no deal" scenario.
- British Gas will increase electricity prices by 12.5% from 15 September, its owner Centrica has said, in a move that will affect 3.1 million customers. However, the company's gas prices will be held at their current level. Centrica said the price increase was its first since November 2013, adding that British Gas was one of the last suppliers to raise prices.
|FTSE All Share||4,046.20||0.1%||4.5%||12.5%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,701.00||0.5%||10.8%||11.0%|
|St. James's Place||1,217.00||0.5%||22.4%||3.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||377.85||-0.1%||4.5%||-1.2%|
|Dow Jones Ind||21,891.12||0.3%||10.8%||13.4%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||160.35||0.4%||18.7%||2.3%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||1,961.10||0.0%||12.0%||5.3%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||477.58||0.1%||13.2%||5.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||1,066.23||0.3%||23.7%||8.6%|
|MSCI AC World Value||211.66||0.2%||8.9%||9.5%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||254.02||-0.1%||17.8%||1.8%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,546.25||-0.1%||0.6%||8.5%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||623.68||0.1%||-2.1%||21.2%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||394.90||0.0%||3.6%||10.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||370.18||0.1%||8.1%||15.0%|
|Brent Crude Oil||52.72||1.0%||-10.4%||23.4%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||21,541.57||-1.8%||9.4%||9.6%|
|Oil & Gas||7,770.88||0.7%||-9.1%||54.2%|
|$ per £||1.31||-0.4%||6.5%||-16.3%|
|€ per £||1.12||0.1%||-4.7%||-15.7%|
|¥ per £||145.37||-0.2%||0.6%||-22.7%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||10.26||-0.3%||-26.9%||-22.9%|
|Baltic Dry Index||946.00||1.4%||-1.6%||101.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.25%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.29%|
|Consumer Price Index||2.60%|
|Retail Price Index||3.50%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||23.24|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||22.26|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.78%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.59%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.23%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.29%|
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