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Investment Market Update

12 September 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.1% 7273.54
FTSE 250 -0.2% 20226.42
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.1% 375.31
S&P 500 0.4% 2887.89
Nikkei -0.3% 22594.16
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.1% 26437.18


Asian stocks fell as investors assessed the outlook for global growth with no end in sight for trade tensions. 


US stocks rose as a rise in energy stocks and Apple helped overcome another flare-up in trade tensions.


UK stocks edged down on Tuesday amid rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, while Ashtead rose on results.


  • The substantial impact of the financial crisis has left people's wages 3% below what they were a decade ago, new research reveals. The analysis done for the BBC by the Institute for Fiscal Studies shows that on average people's real annual wages are £800 lower. And that people who are aged between 30 and 39 now are earning £2,100 a year less than people of the same age group in 2008.

  • More than 250 free-to-use cash machines are disappearing a month as operators shut unprofitable ones, the network co-ordinator Link has said. There are 53,000 free machines in the UK - but the number is shrinking at a record rate as people use less cash. Now the Payment Services Regulator is cracking down on the closures and asking for more network protection.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,273.54-0.1%-5.4%7.6%
FTSE 25020,226.42-0.2%-2.4%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,019.28-0.1%-4.8%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,773.24-0.2%-2.3%14.9%
St. James's Place1,100.50-0.5%-10.2%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600375.31-0.1%-3.6%7.7%
DAX 3011,970.27-0.1%-7.3%12.5%
CAC 405,283.790.3%-0.5%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,887.890.4%8.0%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind25,971.060.4%5.1%25.1%
Hang Seng26,437.180.1%-11.6%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,594.16-0.3%-0.8%19.1%
Australia 2006,174.70-0.1%1.8%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific158.88-0.1%-8.6%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,147.670.2%2.1%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)514.030.1%0.2%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,003.33-0.8%-13.4%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value214.53-0.1%-4.2%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth289.510.3%4.6%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,567.20-0.3%-0.6%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks628.75-0.1%-2.9%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds394.53-0.2%-1.6%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds376.050.0%-0.4%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil79.062.2%23.5%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,520.73-0.7%-12.6%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,695.06-0.9%-11.9%13.6%
Health Care10,467.150.1%10.0%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,145.711.2%0.9%6.0%
$ per £1.300.2%-3.6%9.5%
€ per £1.120.1%-0.3%-4.0%
¥ per £144.79-0.3%-4.9%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)13.22-6.6%19.7%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,439.00-2.9%5.3%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.80%
Consumer Price Index2.50%
Retail Price Index3.20%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.09
FTSE All Share Adj P/E12.16
FTSE All Share Yld4.20%
15yr Gilt Yield1.65%
10yr Gilt Yield1.50%
10yr US Tres Yield2.98%

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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