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Investment Market Update

20 August 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.0% 7558.59
FTSE 250 -0.1% 20444.36
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.1% 381.06
S&P 500 0.3% 2850.13
Nikkei -0.2% 22220.65
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.6% 27384.71


Asian equities gained on Monday as traders held out hopes about developments in the trade war and ahead of a meeting of central bankers later in the week that may throw up clues on the outlook for markets.


US shares were up following media reports that the US and China are planning talks to resolve their trade dispute in November.


UK stocks ended Friday relatively flat, as the pound slipped against the euro, despite a rise against the dollar. 


  • Greece has successfully completed a three-year eurozone bailout programme designed to help it cope with the fallout from its debt crisis. For the first time in eight years, Greece is now free to borrow money on the financial markets.
  • One of the co-founders of the fashion label Superdry has donated £1m to the campaign for another EU referendum. Multi-millionaire Julian Dunkerton said he was backing the People's Vote campaign because "we have a genuine chance to turn this around". 

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,558.590.0%-1.7%7.6%
FTSE 25020,444.36-0.1%-1.4%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,153.820.0%-1.6%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,827.550.2%-1.4%14.9%
St. James's Place1,126.50-0.1%-8.1%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600381.06-0.1%-2.1%7.7%
DAX 3012,210.55-0.2%-5.5%12.5%
CAC 405,344.93-0.1%0.6%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,850.130.3%6.6%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind25,669.320.4%3.8%25.1%
Hang Seng27,384.710.6%-8.5%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,220.65-0.2%-2.4%19.1%
Australia 2006,341.000.0%4.5%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific162.080.6%-6.8%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,138.110.3%1.6%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)513.080.3%0.0%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,022.940.1%-11.7%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value215.550.4%-3.8%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth287.170.2%3.8%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,618.95-0.1%0.8%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks651.70-0.3%0.6%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds398.400.0%-0.6%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds374.200.0%-0.8%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil71.830.6%11.6%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,868.97-0.1%-7.1%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services21,193.030.4%-5.2%13.6%
Health Care10,951.710.2%15.1%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,206.15-0.1%1.6%6.0%
$ per £1.27-0.3%-6.0%9.5%
€ per £1.120.3%-0.7%-4.0%
¥ per £140.930.0%-7.4%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)12.64-6.0%14.5%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,723.000.2%26.1%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/E12.59
FTSE All Share Adj P/E12.61
FTSE All Share Yld4.09%
15yr Gilt Yield1.52%
10yr Gilt Yield1.24%
10yr US Tres Yield2.86%

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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