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Investment Market Update

09 August 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.8% 7776.65
FTSE 250 0.5% 20770.64
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.2% 389.69
S&P 500 0.0% 2857.70
Nikkei 0.0% 22634.98
Hang Seng (HK$) 1.1% 28683.99


Asian stocks were mixed on Thursday with Chinese equities again outperforming despite the ongoing tariffs between China and the Trump administration. Chinese stocks pushed higher as earnings reports offered a respite from the recent sell-off.


US stocks closed mostly lower on Wednesday following a batch of weak earnings from high-profile firms such as Walt Disney Co. and Snap Inc. However, the Nasdaq extended its winning streak to a fifth session as technology shares outperformed the broader market.


UK stocks were up as a weaker pound helped boost exporters and hopes grew that China would offer further stimulus measures to cushion itself from a trade war.


  • Rents could rise 15% by 2023 as the supply of new rental properties dries up, according to a survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. It said small scale landlords are pulling out of the market. It blamed tax changes brought in last year which have made Buy-To-Let investments less profitable.
  • The pound has fallen below $1.29 for the first time in almost a year on continuing worries Britain will leave the EU without a trade deal. Sterling also hit a nine-month low against the euro, and was down against the yen and Swiss franc.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,776.650.8%1.2%7.6%
FTSE 25020,770.640.5%0.2%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,263.000.7%1.0%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,912.220.4%0.0%14.9%
St. James's Place1,164.501.1%-5.0%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600389.69-0.2%0.1%7.7%
DAX 3012,633.54-0.1%-2.2%12.5%
CAC 405,501.90-0.4%3.6%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,857.700.0%6.9%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind25,583.75-0.2%3.5%25.1%
Hang Seng28,683.991.1%-4.1%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,634.980.0%-0.6%19.1%
Australia 2006,304.400.6%3.9%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific166.850.2%-4.0%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,166.150.0%3.0%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)522.190.0%1.8%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,079.730.0%-6.8%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value219.18-0.1%-2.2%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth292.510.0%5.7%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,596.070.1%0.2%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks646.240.2%-0.2%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds396.660.1%-1.0%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds376.750.0%-0.2%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil72.28-3.2%12.3%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,277.010.0%-0.6%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services21,386.380.7%-4.4%13.6%
Health Care10,989.510.5%15.5%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,702.720.5%7.1%6.0%
$ per £1.300.5%-4.2%9.5%
€ per £1.120.5%-0.8%-4.0%
¥ per £144.040.8%-5.4%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.85-0.7%-1.7%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,704.00-1.6%24.7%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.81%
Consumer Price Index2.40%
Retail Price Index3.40%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.95
FTSE All Share Adj P/E12.94
FTSE All Share Yld3.96%
15yr Gilt Yield1.58%
10yr Gilt Yield1.31%
10yr US Tres Yield2.96%

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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