Investment Market Update
Asian stocks were mixed with equities in Sydney maintaining a steady rise while Hong Kong faltered after a strong start. Traders in Tokyo took a cautious approach after the local Topix index closed at the highest level in 10 years.
US stocks increased as the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached a new record on Tuesday, lifted in part by Walmart, which saw shares jump after it announced plans to buy back $20bn of its shares.
UK stocks increased after domestic banks Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds rose following a broker upgrade on hopes of a softer exit from the European Union.
- A general price cap on standard tariff energy bills may not take effect this winter. Last week Theresa May promised to revive a plan to cap energy prices for an extra 12 million consumers. However, Ofgem said it would ensure that all consumers on standard variable tariffs would be protected as soon as possible "if legislation is in place".
A catalogue of errors in awarding a contract to clean up 12 UK nuclear sites ended up costing the taxpayer £122m, official auditors have found. The deal to decommission the ageing Magnox sites was originally intended to last 14 years, but was cut short after legal challenges by unsuccessful firms.
|FTSE All Share||4,134.21||0.4%||6.7%||12.5%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,812.70||0.2%||13.0%||11.0%|
|St. James's Place||1,116.00||-0.7%||13.8%||3.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||390.16||0.0%||8.0%||-1.2%|
|Dow Jones Ind||22,830.68||0.3%||15.5%||13.4%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||164.81||0.9%||22.0%||2.3%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||2,021.56||0.4%||15.4%||5.3%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||493.00||0.5%||16.9%||5.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||1,112.53||1.1%||29.0%||8.6%|
|MSCI AC World Value||217.18||0.5%||11.7%||9.5%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||263.76||0.5%||22.3%||1.8%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,513.56||0.0%||-0.3%||8.5%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||636.57||0.7%||0.0%||21.2%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||393.18||0.0%||3.1%||10.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||375.32||0.2%||9.6%||15.0%|
|Brent Crude Oil||56.61||1.5%||-3.6%||23.4%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||22,216.44||1.0%||12.9%||9.6%|
|Oil & Gas||8,435.20||0.3%||-1.3%||54.2%|
|$ per £||1.31||-0.5%||6.5%||-16.3%|
|€ per £||1.12||0.0%||-4.6%||-15.7%|
|¥ per £||148.12||-0.1%||2.5%||-22.7%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||10.08||-2.4%||-28.2%||-22.9%|
|Baltic Dry Index||1,418.00||0.5%||47.6%||101.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.25%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.35%|
|Consumer Price Index||2.90%|
|Retail Price Index||3.90%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||22.40|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||21.64|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.75%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.70%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.36%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.36%|
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