Investment Market Update
Asian stocks maintained their rally, rising to the highest since 2007 as the Bank of Japan kept its monetary stimulus program unchanged ahead of its European counterpart’s policy decision later in the day.
US stocks climbed, as corporate earnings reports pick up steam and investors assess the fallout of the Trump Administration’s embattled health-care bill.
UK stocks also rose, with consumer goods firm Reckitt Benckiser shares rising after the sale of its food unit. US based McCormick & Co is paying $4.2bn for the business, which includes French's mustard.
- Working families in the UK face rising childcare costs and a scarcity of council run childcare provision this summer, a survey has suggested. The cost of holiday childcare has risen 4% since 2016 to an average of £125 per week, a Family and Childcare Trust report found.
- Half a million households could see a 51% increase in their energy bills this summer - if they simply allow their old fixed-price tariffs to roll over. The warning comes from uSwitch, the price comparison and switching service.
|FTSE All Share||4,067.61||0.5%||5.0%||12.5%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,650.81||0.5%||9.9%||11.0%|
|St. James's Place||1,223.00||1.2%||23.0%||3.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||385.54||0.8%||6.7%||-1.2%|
|Dow Jones Ind||21,640.75||0.3%||9.5%||13.4%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||158.96||0.5%||17.7%||2.3%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||1,958.56||0.5%||11.8%||5.3%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||476.72||0.5%||13.0%||5.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||1,060.12||0.7%||22.9%||8.6%|
|MSCI AC World Value||210.60||0.4%||8.3%||9.5%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||254.36||0.5%||18.0%||1.8%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,557.20||0.3%||0.9%||8.5%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||621.82||0.7%||-2.3%||21.2%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||394.41||0.2%||3.5%||10.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||367.49||0.1%||7.3%||15.0%|
|Brent Crude Oil||49.70||1.8%||-15.5%||23.4%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||22,422.72||0.9%||13.9%||9.6%|
|Oil & Gas||7,588.67||0.2%||-11.2%||54.2%|
|$ per £||1.30||0.1%||5.7%||-16.3%|
|€ per £||1.13||-0.3%||-3.8%||-15.7%|
|¥ per £||146.18||0.4%||1.2%||-22.7%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||9.79||-1.0%||-30.3%||-22.9%|
|Baltic Dry Index||948.00||1.7%||-1.4%||101.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.25%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.29%|
|Consumer Price Index||2.60%|
|Retail Price Index||3.50%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||24.87|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||23.47|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.79%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.57%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.19%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.27%|
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