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Investment Market Update

10 December 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 1.1% 6778.11
FTSE 250 0.5% 17844.11
Euro Stoxx 600 0.6% 345.45
S&P 500 -2.3% 2633.08
Nikkei -2.1% 21219.50
Hang Seng (HK$) -1.4% 25707.22


Asian stocks were down as data showed China exports weakened ahead of US-China trade talks and tracking last week’s stock market retreat in the US. 


US stocks closed lower as uncertainty continued to rile financial markets. The declines extended losses from earlier in the week and hit nearly every sector, led by technology firms.


UK stocks closed higher on Friday following a rise in oil stocks as the oil price also gained after OPEC and non-OPEC members decided to cut production by 1.2 million barrels per day.


  • The number of people out shopping in the UK in November dropped to its lowest level since the 2008 recession, retail researchers say. Footfall at shopping centres, retail parks and High Streets fell 3.2%, according to analysis firm Springboard. The figures showed the Black Friday effect was driving more shopping online during a longer period, the firm said.
  • Annual growth in UK house prices slowed to its lowest rate for six years with property values barely changed from a year ago, a major lender has said. The Halifax, part of Lloyds Banking Group - the UK's biggest mortgage lender, said prices rose by 0.3% in November compared with a year earlier. House prices fell by 1.4% compared with October, with the average home now valued at £224,578.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1006,778.111.1%-11.8%7.6%
FTSE 25017,844.110.5%-13.9%14.7%
FTSE All Share3,710.661.0%-12.1%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,276.980.7%-10.7%14.9%
St. James's Place948.00-0.3%-22.7%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600345.450.6%-11.2%7.7%
DAX 3010,788.09-0.2%-16.5%12.5%
CAC 404,813.130.7%-9.4%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,633.08-2.3%-1.5%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,388.95-2.2%-1.3%25.1%
Hang Seng25,707.22-1.4%-14.1%38.5%
Nikkei 22521,219.50-2.1%-6.8%19.1%
Australia 2005,552.50-2.3%-8.5%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific151.160.2%-13.0%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,965.24-1.3%-6.6%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)473.88-1.1%-7.6%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets981.370.2%-15.3%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value204.390.0%-8.8%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth264.300.0%-4.5%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,614.650.0%0.7%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks657.860.2%1.6%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds390.38-0.1%-2.6%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds368.930.2%-2.2%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil61.672.7%-2.1%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,532.452.2%-12.4%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services17,885.660.4%-20.0%13.6%
Health Care10,382.690.2%9.1%-3.7%
Oil & Gas8,652.372.7%-4.5%6.0%
$ per £1.280.5%-5.3%9.5%
€ per £1.120.5%-0.2%-4.0%
¥ per £144.000.3%-5.4%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)23.239.6%110.4%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,372.002.5%0.4%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.90%
Consumer Price Index2.40%
Retail Price Index3.30%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E11.26
FTSE All Share Adj P/E11.23
FTSE All Share Yld4.67%
15yr Gilt Yield1.46%
10yr Gilt Yield1.27%
10yr US Tres Yield2.85%

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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