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Investment Market Update

12 March 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.3% 7224.51
FTSE 250 0.6% 20085.07
Euro Stoxx 600 0.4% 378.24
S&P 500 1.7% 2786.57
Nikkei 1.7% 21824.03
Hang Seng (HK$) 1.8% 31560.83


Asian stocks gained as trade-war concerns took a backseat to economic optimism following a US jobs. 


US stocks rose while Treasuries fell as the latest labor report showed the American economy continued to strengthen without the prior month’s rapid wage gains that stoked inflation fears. The dollar weakened against most peers. 


UK stocks increased, with the FTSE 100 rising by 0.3% to 7224.51 on Friday.


  • Turnaround specialist Melrose has increased its offer for engineering giant GKN from £7.4bn to £8.1bn. Melrose is now offering 467p per share, and has also raised the amount GKN shareholders will own from 57% to 60%. It says all recent attempts to engage in "constructive discussions" with GKN have been blocked.
  • ​More than 660,000 customers switched their electricity supplier in February - the highest number yet - according to industry figures. Energy UK said the figure represented a 60% rise on February 2017, and that over a million customers had switched so far this year. It said one reason may have been the cold weather during the month. 

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,224.510.3%-6.0%7.6%
FTSE 25020,085.070.6%-3.1%14.7%
FTSE All Share3,993.450.3%-5.4%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,775.670.3%-2.3%14.9%
St. James's Place1,153.00-0.2%-6.0%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600378.240.4%-2.8%7.7%
DAX 3012,346.68-0.1%-4.4%12.5%
CAC 405,274.400.4%-0.7%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,786.571.7%4.2%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind25,335.741.8%2.5%25.1%
Hang Seng31,560.831.8%5.5%38.5%
Nikkei 22521,824.031.7%-4.1%19.1%
Australia 2005,996.120.6%-1.1%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific175.610.3%1.0%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,149.321.1%2.2%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)525.451.1%2.4%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,207.231.0%4.2%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value224.070.9%0.0%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth290.031.3%4.8%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,520.70-0.3%-1.9%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks624.98-0.7%-3.5%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds392.92-0.2%-2.0%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds378.160.1%0.2%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil65.493.0%-0.9%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,119.211.5%-3.1%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,837.860.5%-11.3%13.6%
Health Care9,050.32-0.5%-4.9%-3.7%
Oil & Gas8,271.930.1%-8.7%6.0%
$ per £1.38-0.3%2.2%9.5%
€ per £1.12-0.3%-0.4%-4.0%
¥ per £146.63-0.9%-3.7%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)14.64-11.5%32.6%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,201.000.3%-12.1%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.60%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index4.00%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.76
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.19
FTSE All Share Yld4.11%
15yr Gilt Yield1.76%
10yr Gilt Yield1.49%
10yr US Tres Yield2.89%

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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