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Investment Market Update

03 April 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.0% 7056.61
FTSE 250 0.0% 19460.47
Euro Stoxx 600 0.0% 370.87
S&P 500 -2.2% 2581.88
Nikkei -0.4% 21302.40
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.6% 29917.10


Asian stocks slipped on Tuesday amid escalating trade tensions and concerns about tech firms, although regional index declines were modest compared with those of their Wall Street counterparts as investors focused on global growth prospects.


US stocks finished down on the first day of the quarter as deepening declines for technology companies and rising trade tension between the US and China unnerved investors.


UK markets were closed on Monday for the long Easter holiday weekend. 


  • Conviviality, the owner of Bargain Booze, has announced plans to file for administration within two weeks. The firm also owns Wine Rack and supplies more than 25,000 restaurants, hotels and bars. Earlier this month it shocked investors with a profit warning and news of an unpaid £30m tax bill. It attempted to raise £125m to rescue the business, but this week said that effort had failed.
  • For the first time since records began, UK households are more likely to be borrowers than savers, according to official figures. Households became net borrowers last year for the first time since data began to be collected by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in 1987. Figures also show that savings levels are at their lowest level since 1963. The trend illustrates the effect of budget pressures on families and low interest rates.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,056.610.0%-8.2%7.6%
FTSE 25019,460.470.0%-6.1%14.7%
FTSE All Share3,894.170.0%-7.8%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,593.090.0%-5.4%14.9%
St. James's Place1,086.500.0%-11.4%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600370.870.0%-4.7%7.7%
DAX 3012,096.730.0%-6.4%12.5%
CAC 405,167.300.0%-2.7%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,581.88-2.2%-3.4%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind23,644.19-1.9%-4.3%25.1%
Hang Seng29,917.10-0.6%0.0%38.5%
Nikkei 22521,302.40-0.4%-6.4%19.1%
Australia 2005,751.90-0.1%-5.2%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific172.50-0.2%-0.8%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,038.54-1.4%-3.1%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)499.65-1.2%-2.6%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,169.43-0.1%0.9%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value214.29-1.2%-4.3%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth274.31-1.3%-0.9%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,598.290.0%0.3%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks647.580.0%0.0%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds395.340.0%-1.4%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds376.480.0%-0.2%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil67.64-2.5%2.8%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,915.860.0%-6.4%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,531.080.0%-12.7%13.6%
Health Care9,411.530.0%-1.1%-3.7%
Oil & Gas8,231.310.0%-9.1%6.0%
$ per £1.40-0.1%3.7%9.5%
€ per £1.14-0.3%1.0%-4.0%
¥ per £148.950.1%-2.2%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)23.6218.3%113.9%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,055.000.0%-22.8%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.00%
Consumer Price Index2.70%
Retail Price Index3.60%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.60
FTSE All Share Adj P/E12.96
FTSE All Share Yld4.17%
15yr Gilt Yield1.59%
10yr Gilt Yield1.35%
10yr US Tres Yield2.73%

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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