Investment Market Update
Asian stocks rose as optimism spread for a US tax overhaul and the yen weakened after Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said he will keep accommodative policy in place.
US stocks jumped amid corporate results and comments from the Treasury Secretary that bolstered bets the Trump administration would cut taxes soon. The dollar all but erased losses and Treasuries fell as the odds for a June interest rate hike climbed.
UK stocks were little changed as the UK general election got underway in earnest. There was also little corporate news to move share prices, though Unilever ended the day 0.3% higher after reporting a strong rise in quarterly sales.
- France’s 2017 election campaign began with the specter of a populist insurgency led by the National Front’s Marine Le Pen and is drawing to a close with Communist backed Jean-Luc Melenchon upending expectations. The candidates head into the final day of campaigning before the first round vote with both Melenchon and Republican Francois Fillon hoping to snatch a place in the 7 May run-off from the front runners Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron.
- The UK has made little headway in Germany with efforts to push Britain’s case for a beneficial Brexit deal after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government refused to enter into informal contacts, according to officials on both sides.
|FTSE All Share||3,914.90||0.0%||1.1%||12.5%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,445.09||-0.1%||5.9%||11.0%|
|St. James's Place||1,078.00||1.9%||8.4%||3.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||378.06||0.2%||4.6%||-1.2%|
|Dow Jones Ind||20,578.71||0.9%||4.1%||13.4%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||146.01||0.3%||8.1%||2.3%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||1,846.65||0.6%||5.4%||5.3%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||447.35||0.6%||6.0%||5.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||958.45||0.6%||11.2%||8.6%|
|MSCI AC World Value||200.39||0.6%||3.1%||9.5%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||235.44||0.7%||9.2%||1.8%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,603.06||0.0%||2.2%||8.5%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||663.00||-0.1%||4.1%||21.2%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||390.15||0.0%||2.3%||10.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||355.33||0.1%||3.7%||15.0%|
|Brent Crude Oil||52.99||0.1%||-9.3%||23.4%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||21,794.72||0.2%||10.7%||9.6%|
|Oil & Gas||7,525.13||-0.4%||-12.0%||54.2%|
|$ per £||1.28||-0.3%||3.6%||-16.3%|
|€ per £||0.84||-0.1%||-1.9%||-15.7%|
|¥ per £||0.72||0.7%||3.7%||-22.7%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||14.15||-5.2%||0.8%||-22.9%|
|Baltic Dry Index||1,243.00||-2.7%||29.3%||101.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.25%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.34%|
|Consumer Price Index||2.30%|
|Retail Price Index||3.10%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||25.96|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||24.27|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.93%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.43%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.07%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.23%|
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