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Investment Market Update

06 September 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -1.0% 7383.28
FTSE 250 -0.8% 20388.47
Euro Stoxx 600 -1.1% 375.68
S&P 500 -0.3% 2888.60
Nikkei -0.4% 22498.71
Hang Seng (HK$) -1.2% 26922.17


Asian stocks dropped as investors contemplate the risk of weaker growth thanks to woes in emerging markets, and the next stage of the US-China trade dispute.


US stocks closed mostly lower Wednesday with the technology sector logging its worst single-day decline since late July. The weakness in tech stocks came as Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. executives testified about online misinformation.


UK stocks closed lower on Wednesday as global trade tensions and concerns about emerging market currency weakness offset upbeat reports from house builders Barratt and Berkley.


  • Energy watchdog Ofgem has proposed an energy bill price cap of £1,136. It says the move will mean 11 million households on poor value default deals will save around £75 on average while consumers should save £1bn in total.
  • The pound has gained strongly against both the dollar and the euro following reports that the UK and Germany have made progress towards a Brexit deal. Sterling rose nearly 1% against the US currency and 0.5% against the euro after the reports on Bloomberg News.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,383.28-1.0%-4.0%7.6%
FTSE 25020,388.47-0.8%-1.6%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,074.62-0.9%-3.5%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,833.76-0.3%-1.3%14.9%
St. James's Place1,127.50-0.7%-8.0%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600375.68-1.1%-3.5%7.7%
DAX 3012,040.46-1.4%-6.8%12.5%
CAC 405,260.22-1.5%-1.0%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,888.60-0.3%8.0%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind25,974.990.1%5.1%25.1%
Hang Seng26,922.17-1.2%-10.0%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,498.71-0.4%-1.2%19.1%
Australia 2006,160.40-1.1%1.6%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific161.42-1.5%-7.1%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,152.77-0.5%2.3%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)516.14-0.6%0.6%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,021.72-1.8%-11.8%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value215.69-0.1%-3.7%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth290.34-1.1%4.9%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,576.42-0.5%-0.4%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks633.74-1.1%-2.2%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds395.26-0.4%-1.4%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds375.730.1%-0.4%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil77.27-1.2%20.7%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,805.62-0.5%-8.1%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,925.89-0.9%-10.9%13.6%
Health Care10,590.80-1.5%11.3%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,281.75-1.3%2.4%6.0%
$ per £1.29-0.4%-4.9%9.5%
€ per £1.110.0%-1.4%-4.0%
¥ per £143.19-0.5%-5.9%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)13.915.7%26.0%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,477.00-2.4%8.1%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.80%
Consumer Price Index2.50%
Retail Price Index3.20%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.24
FTSE All Share Adj P/E12.29
FTSE All Share Yld4.20%
15yr Gilt Yield1.59%
10yr Gilt Yield1.44%
10yr US Tres Yield2.90%

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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