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Investment Market Update

15 June 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.8% 7765.79
FTSE 250 0.4% 21324.02
Euro Stoxx 600 1.2% 393.04
S&P 500 0.2% 2782.49
Nikkei 0.5% 22854.59
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.0% 30428.12


Asian stocks traded mixed Friday as plans for US tariffs on Chinese imports revived concerns about global trade growth.


US stocks rose and the Nasdaq reached another record closing high after the European Central Bank said it would avoid raising interest rates until mid-2019, and data showed US economic strength.


UK stocks rose after the European Central Bank signalled interest rates would remain steady through next summer, easing investors’ concerns about tightening monetary policy.


  • Approximately 60 bank branches are closing every month with RBS shutting the most, consumer group Which? has warned. It found that 2,868 branches will have closed between 2015 and the end of 2018, with the number accelerating this year
  • ​China’s currency may face further turbulence in store as companies prepare to make a welter of dividend payments abroad. Offshore-listed Chinese firms will hand out $19.6 billion of dividends in overseas currencies in the three months through August.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,765.790.8%1.0%7.6%
FTSE 25021,324.020.4%2.9%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,278.700.7%1.3%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap6,009.020.1%1.6%14.9%
St. James's Place1,240.500.9%1.2%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600393.041.2%1.0%7.7%
DAX 3013,107.101.7%1.5%12.5%
CAC 405,528.461.4%4.1%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,782.490.2%4.1%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind25,175.31-0.1%1.8%25.1%
Hang Seng30,428.120.0%1.7%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,854.590.5%0.4%19.1%
Australia 2006,098.501.4%0.6%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific173.08-0.9%-0.4%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,142.020.1%1.8%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)519.540.0%1.3%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,125.71-0.9%-2.8%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value217.45-0.1%-2.9%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth291.820.1%5.4%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,594.830.5%0.2%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks643.080.7%-0.7%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds395.550.3%-1.3%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds374.02-0.1%-0.9%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil75.94-1.0%16.6%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,836.560.0%8.2%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services20,100.250.1%-10.1%13.6%
Health Care10,484.741.6%10.2%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,814.721.7%8.3%6.0%
$ per £1.340.6%-0.9%9.5%
€ per £1.14-0.7%0.8%-4.0%
¥ per £147.790.6%-2.9%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)12.12-6.3%9.8%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,433.002.1%4.9%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.63%
Consumer Price Index2.40%
Retail Price Index3.30%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E13.30
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.73
FTSE All Share Yld3.92%
15yr Gilt Yield1.60%
10yr Gilt Yield1.33%
10yr US Tres Yield2.94%

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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