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Investment Market Update

06 March 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.7% 7115.98
FTSE 250 0.9% 19567.00
Euro Stoxx 600 1.0% 370.87
S&P 500 1.1% 2720.94
Nikkei 1.8% 21417.76
Hang Seng (HK$) 2.1% 30513.14


Asian stocks bounced back, ending the longest losing streak of the year so far at five days, as concern over US President Donald Trump’s proposed tariff plan was seen easing.


US stocks rose and Treasuries erased gains as investors speculated that President Donald Trump’s tough tariff talk won’t translate into the most severe protectionist policies.


UK stocks climbed, thanks to gains among mining companies and commodity stocks which had been among the worst hit after US President Donald Trump threatened higher tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.


  • Amazon is discussing a potential partnership to offer its customers bank accounts via JPMorgan Chase, in a deal that could unite America’s biggest bank with its biggest ecommerce platform.
  • ​Theresa May has unveiled a shake-up of planning rules to encourage the construction of more homes, as local authorities and developers insisted they were not to blame for the housing crisis.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,115.980.7%-7.4%7.6%
FTSE 25019,567.000.9%-5.6%14.7%
FTSE All Share3,927.230.7%-7.0%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,724.880.9%-3.2%14.9%
St. James's Place1,121.501.2%-8.5%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600370.871.0%-4.7%7.7%
DAX 3012,090.871.5%-6.4%12.5%
CAC 405,167.230.6%-2.7%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,720.941.1%1.8%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,874.761.4%0.6%25.1%
Hang Seng30,513.142.1%2.0%38.5%
Nikkei 22521,417.761.8%-5.9%19.1%
Australia 2005,962.441.1%-1.7%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific172.55-1.1%-0.7%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,106.580.8%0.1%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)514.620.6%0.3%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,176.12-0.5%1.5%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value220.720.6%-1.5%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth282.510.7%2.1%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,528.17-0.3%-1.7%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks630.51-0.6%-2.7%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds393.08-0.3%-1.9%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds377.430.1%0.0%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil65.541.8%-0.8%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,021.650.9%-4.7%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,493.970.5%-12.8%13.6%
Health Care8,955.001.3%-5.9%-3.7%
Oil & Gas8,234.070.9%-9.1%6.0%
$ per £1.38-0.3%2.1%9.5%
€ per £1.12-0.2%-0.5%-4.0%
¥ per £145.97-0.7%-4.1%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)18.73-4.4%69.7%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,210.000.2%-11.4%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.58%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index4.00%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.95
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.31
FTSE All Share Yld4.14%
15yr Gilt Yield1.75%
10yr Gilt Yield1.50%
10yr US Tres Yield2.88%

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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