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Investment Market Update

15 October 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.2% 6995.91
FTSE 250 0.8% 18973.45
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.2% 358.95
S&P 500 1.4% 2767.13
Nikkei -1.8% 22297.10
Hang Seng (HK$) -1.3% 25475.77


Asian stocks lost ground in early trading Monday following Friday’s regional bounce that eased last week’s fall.


US stocks avoided a third-straight day of steep losses with major indexes rallying on Friday.


UK stocks dropped below 7,000 for the first time in more than six months as stock markets around the world remained under pressure amid the fear of rising US interest rates.


  • US retailer Sears, a brand that once dominated shopping malls in the country, has filed for bankruptcy. Sears Holdings, which also owns Kmart, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday. The company has suffered, along with many other traditional retailers, from rising online competition from firms such as Amazon.
  • Hundreds of Royal Mail staff have complained that they have been short-changed as a result of a dramatic fall in the company's share price. They claim the privatised company deliberately issued a profit warning weeks before many were planning to sell their shares. Since the announcement on 1 October the shares have fallen by 28%.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1006,995.91-0.2%-9.0%7.6%
FTSE 25018,973.450.8%-8.5%14.7%
FTSE All Share3,850.160.0%-8.8%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,542.151.2%-6.3%14.9%
St. James's Place1,055.00-0.2%-13.9%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600358.95-0.2%-7.8%7.7%
DAX 3011,523.81-0.1%-10.8%12.5%
CAC 405,095.98-0.2%-4.1%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,767.131.4%3.5%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind25,339.991.1%2.5%25.1%
Hang Seng25,475.77-1.3%-14.9%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,297.10-1.8%-2.1%19.1%
Australia 2005,837.10-1.0%-3.8%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific154.261.5%-11.2%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,063.440.9%-1.9%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)494.761.1%-3.6%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets980.092.7%-15.4%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value209.110.4%-6.7%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth275.311.8%-0.5%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,502.500.5%-2.4%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks625.570.6%-3.4%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds390.530.3%-2.6%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds376.700.2%-0.2%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil80.430.2%26.4%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,806.701.3%-8.1%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services18,556.15-1.0%-17.0%13.6%
Health Care10,030.79-0.6%5.4%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,275.840.0%2.4%6.0%
$ per £1.320.3%-2.3%9.5%
€ per £1.140.2%1.3%-4.0%
¥ per £148.220.4%-2.6%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)21.31-14.7%93.0%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,579.004.2%15.6%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.81%
Consumer Price Index2.70%
Retail Price Index3.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E11.65
FTSE All Share Adj P/E11.67
FTSE All Share Yld4.40%
15yr Gilt Yield1.81%
10yr Gilt Yield1.63%
10yr US Tres Yield3.16%

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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