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Investment Market Update

04 April 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.4% 7030.46
FTSE 250 -0.3% 19398.01
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.5% 369.07
S&P 500 1.3% 2614.45
Nikkei 0.3% 21356.55
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.6% 30002.52


Asian stocks were mixed as traders awaited China’s response to the latest step in an escalation of trade tensions between the world’s top two economies.


US stocks closed higher after a choppy session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose almost 390 points, or 1.6%, while the S&P 500 gained 1.3%. The Nasdaq added 1%.


UK markets closed lower as Mediclinic was the biggest faller, falling 4.6%, while Micro Focus added 2.4% to be the top riser. On the mid-cap FTSE 250, Fidessa jumped 13.8% after revealing the other potential offers we mentioned earlier. 


  • Beijing has vowed to retaliate after the United States published a list of about 1,300 Chinese products it plans to hit with a 25% tariff. The White House said the proposed extra tax on the imports was a response to unfair Chinese practices around intellectual property rights. The wide-ranging list includes items such as medical products, televisions and motorcycles.
  • Shares in Spotify fell back on the first day of trading on the US stock market after the music streaming firm's highly anticipated launch. The shares opened at $165.90, more than a quarter higher than the $132 guide price set by the New York Stock Exchange on Monday. After going as high as $169, they lost ground to close at $149.01. That makes the Swedish company worth about $26bn, well above the value of other tech firms such as Twitter.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,030.46-0.4%-8.6%7.6%
FTSE 25019,398.01-0.3%-6.4%14.7%
FTSE All Share3,881.04-0.3%-8.1%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,610.320.3%-5.1%14.9%
St. James's Place1,072.50-1.3%-12.5%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600369.07-0.5%-5.2%7.7%
DAX 3012,002.45-0.8%-7.1%12.5%
CAC 405,152.12-0.3%-3.0%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,614.451.3%-2.2%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,033.361.6%-2.8%25.1%
Hang Seng30,002.52-0.6%0.3%38.5%
Nikkei 22521,356.550.3%-6.2%19.1%
Australia 2005,761.400.2%-5.0%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific172.07-0.3%-1.0%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,048.800.5%-2.6%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)501.890.4%-2.2%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,170.150.1%1.0%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value215.460.5%-3.8%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth275.290.4%-0.5%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,589.81-0.2%0.0%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks644.09-0.5%-0.6%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds394.74-0.2%-1.5%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds376.430.0%-0.3%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil68.120.7%3.6%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,926.880.2%-6.2%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,467.28-0.3%-12.9%13.6%
Health Care9,354.64-0.6%-1.7%-3.7%
Oil & Gas8,224.86-0.1%-9.2%6.0%
$ per £1.40-0.2%3.9%9.5%
€ per £1.14-0.4%1.4%-4.0%
¥ per £148.79-0.6%-2.3%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)21.10-10.7%91.1%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,016.00-3.7%-25.6%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/E12.55
FTSE All Share Adj P/E12.91
FTSE All Share Yld4.19%
15yr Gilt Yield1.61%
10yr Gilt Yield1.36%
10yr US Tres Yield2.78%

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.

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