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Investment Market Update

09 October 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -1.2% 7233.33
FTSE 250 -1.4% 19646.08
Euro Stoxx 600 -1.1% 372.21
S&P 500 -0.0% 2884.43
Nikkei -1.3% 23469.90
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.2% 26257.65


Asian stocks declined as Japanese shares were put under pressure after the yen strengthened. 


US stocks indexes found their footing after a sharp early loss and managed a mixed finish. Technology companies fell for the third day in a row on Monday. Adobe declined by 3.2%.


UK stocks declined as oil majors dragged the index down on Monday, and political risk affected Europe and caution set in again on Brexit, weighing on sterling.


  • Italian Finance Minister Giovanni Tria will defend his government's fiscal targets in parliament, with opposition lawmakers set to question his plans that affected both the European Union and financial markets.
  • The International Monetary Fund said the world economy continues to look weak as the lender cut its growth forecast for the first time in more than two years, blaming escalating trade tensions and stresses in emerging markets.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,233.33-1.2%-5.9%7.6%
FTSE 25019,646.08-1.4%-5.2%14.7%
FTSE All Share3,980.26-1.2%-5.7%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,672.47-1.0%-4.0%14.9%
St. James's Place1,100.00-2.4%-10.3%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600372.21-1.1%-4.4%7.7%
DAX 3011,947.16-1.4%-7.5%12.5%
CAC 405,300.25-1.1%-0.2%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,884.430.0%7.9%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind26,486.780.2%7.2%25.1%
Hang Seng26,257.650.2%-12.2%38.5%
Nikkei 22523,469.90-1.3%3.1%19.1%
Australia 2006,041.10-1.0%-0.4%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific158.80-0.5%-8.6%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,143.57-0.4%1.9%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)512.72-0.4%-0.1%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets995.50-0.5%-14.1%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value217.06-0.1%-3.1%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth284.85-0.7%2.9%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,507.740.3%-2.3%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks631.391.5%-2.5%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds390.700.2%-2.5%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds377.460.0%0.0%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil83.91-0.3%31.9%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,926.34-1.0%-6.2%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,319.52-0.4%-13.6%13.6%
Health Care10,389.08-1.3%9.2%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,620.34-1.3%6.2%6.0%
$ per £1.310.4%-2.9%9.5%
€ per £1.140.0%1.1%-4.0%
¥ per £149.221.1%-2.0%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)15.695.9%42.1%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,530.00-0.4%12.0%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.80%
Consumer Price Index2.70%
Retail Price Index3.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.13
FTSE All Share Adj P/E12.14
FTSE All Share Yld4.26%
15yr Gilt Yield1.81%
10yr Gilt Yield1.67%
10yr US Tres Yield3.23%

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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