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Investment Market Update

12 June 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.7% 7737.43
FTSE 250 0.7% 21318.77
Euro Stoxx 600 0.7% 387.94
S&P 500 0.1% 2782.00
Nikkei 0.5% 22917.51
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.4% 31172.75


Asian stocks increased and the yen weakened as investors await the details of a "comprehensive" and historic document signed by US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.


US Stocks closed slightly higher as investors shrugged off concerns over a tumultuous G7 meeting over the weekend at which President Donald Trump lashed out at US allies.


UK stocks posted their best session in nearly two weeks, buoyed as the pound pulled back in value, and as investors took on risk ahead of what’s set to be a historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


  • The economic "bounce-back" expected by the Bank of England is struggling to materialise, according to a leading economic forecaster. The National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) said growth between March and May was just 0.2%. The Office for National Statistics' official figures put growth at 0.1% for the first three months of the year.
  • ​Poundworld's founder has said he is considering buying back some of the discount retailer's stores after it fell into administration on Monday. Christopher Edwards, 67, who sold the business in 2015 for £150m to TPG Capital, said the chain could be saved with fresh management. But he said no deal had been finalised and the discounter would only survive another two weeks without a buyer, putting some 5,100 jobs at risk.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,737.430.7%0.6%7.6%
FTSE 25021,318.770.7%2.9%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,265.710.7%1.0%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,996.180.2%1.4%14.9%
St. James's Place1,214.001.8%-1.0%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600387.940.7%-0.3%7.7%
DAX 3012,842.910.6%-0.6%12.5%
CAC 405,473.910.4%3.0%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,782.000.1%4.1%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind25,322.310.0%2.4%25.1%
Hang Seng31,172.750.4%4.2%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,917.510.5%0.7%19.1%
Australia 2006,054.400.2%-0.2%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific175.050.1%0.7%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,144.200.3%1.9%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)520.760.3%1.5%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,139.460.4%-1.6%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value218.830.3%-2.3%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth291.400.3%5.3%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,552.89-0.1%-1.0%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks628.970.1%-2.9%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds392.170.0%-2.2%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds374.060.1%-0.9%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil76.460.0%17.4%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,848.600.7%8.4%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services20,137.991.0%-9.9%13.6%
Health Care10,294.550.4%8.2%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,873.960.8%9.0%6.0%
$ per £1.340.2%-0.8%9.5%
€ per £1.140.4%1.2%-4.0%
¥ per £146.86-0.2%-3.5%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)12.351.4%11.9%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,387.00-0.3%1.5%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.63%
Consumer Price Index2.40%
Retail Price Index3.40%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E13.25
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.68
FTSE All Share Yld3.92%
15yr Gilt Yield1.70%
10yr Gilt Yield1.41%
10yr US Tres Yield2.95%

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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