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Investment Market Update

19 July 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.7% 7676.28
FTSE 250 0.5% 20984.20
Euro Stoxx 600 0.5% 387.06
S&P 500 0.2% 2815.62
Nikkei -0.1% 22780.47
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.0% 28107.59


Asian stocks pared gains as Chinese equities and the yuan declined, weighing on markets in the rest of the region. Australia’s dollar rose after the country’s employment surged in June.


US stocks finished mostly higher on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 rising to its highest in more than five months, led by big gains in banks and transportation companies like airlines and railroads.


UK shares closed with modest gains, up 49.95 points or 0.66% at 7,676.28. Miners Evraz and BHP Billiton were among the top risers, adding 3% and 2.75% respectively.


  • The UK publishing industry has warned that Brexit could damage its record-breaking export business. The boss of the Publishers Association said any tariffs or other barriers to trade post-Brexit "could be a problem". His warning came as the industry body reported record sales of £5.7bn in 2017, up 5% on the previous year.
  • A remote, boggy stretch of land on the north coast of Scotland is set to become the UK's first spaceport. The A'Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland has been chosen as the most suitable place from which to launch rockets vertically to put satellites in orbit. The UK Space Agency is giving Highlands and Islands Enterprise £2.5m towards the development of the facility.


Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,676.280.7%-0.1%7.6%
FTSE 25020,984.200.5%1.2%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,225.590.6%0.1%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,915.110.1%0.1%14.9%
St. James's Place1,208.001.4%-1.5%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600387.060.5%-0.5%7.7%
DAX 3012,765.940.8%-1.2%12.5%
CAC 405,447.440.5%2.5%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,815.620.2%5.3%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind25,199.290.3%1.9%25.1%
Hang Seng28,107.590.0%-6.1%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,780.47-0.1%0.1%19.1%
Australia 2006,262.700.3%3.3%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific165.240.1%-4.9%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,142.240.2%1.8%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)516.470.1%0.7%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,068.75-0.2%-7.7%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value214.900.1%-4.1%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth291.710.2%5.4%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,618.860.2%0.8%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks644.160.0%-0.6%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds396.500.2%-1.1%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds374.160.0%-0.9%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil72.901.0%12.6%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,262.301.7%-0.9%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services20,442.110.5%-8.6%13.6%
Health Care10,600.580.5%11.4%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,700.980.6%7.1%6.0%
$ per £1.310.6%-2.8%9.5%
€ per £1.130.5%0.1%-4.0%
¥ per £148.240.6%-2.6%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)12.100.3%9.6%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,688.00-1.9%23.6%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.76%
Consumer Price Index2.40%
Retail Price Index3.40%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E13.09
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.05
FTSE All Share Yld3.96%
15yr Gilt Yield1.52%
10yr Gilt Yield1.23%
10yr US Tres Yield2.87%

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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