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Investment Market Update

21 June 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.3% 7627.40
FTSE 250 0.4% 20926.38
Euro Stoxx 600 0.3% 384.29
S&P 500 0.2% 2767.32
Nikkei 0.9% 22748.00
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.7% 29497.16


Asian stocks were mixed, with the regional benchmark swinging between gains and losses as trade tensions between the US and China eased.


US stocks rose, as investors bet that technology companies and small, domestically-focused firms will continue to do well even if the trade dispute between the US and China gets worse. Media companies jumped after Disney reached a new deal with Twenty-First Century Fox.


UK stocks rose, as global trade-war fears eased and uncertainty over Brexit policy kept downward pressure on the pound, helping exporters.


  • The chancellor is to admit for the first time that taxes will have to rise to cover the costs of increased spending on the NHS. In a speech today, Philip Hammond is expected to say that any increases will be done in a "fair and balanced way".
  • ​The European Union will launch a raft of retaliatory tariffs against US exports on Friday, a top official has said. The move comes after US President Donald Trump imposed steep duties on steel and aluminium earlier this month.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,627.400.3%-0.8%7.6%
FTSE 25020,926.380.4%1.0%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,203.660.3%-0.4%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,972.07-0.1%1.0%14.9%
St. James's Place1,181.50-0.7%-3.6%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600384.290.3%-1.3%7.7%
DAX 3012,695.160.1%-1.7%12.5%
CAC 405,372.31-0.3%1.1%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,767.320.2%3.5%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,657.80-0.2%-0.2%25.1%
Hang Seng29,497.16-0.7%-1.4%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,748.000.9%-0.1%19.1%
Australia 2006,242.001.1%2.9%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific169.800.6%-2.3%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,117.760.3%0.7%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)512.580.4%-0.1%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,093.260.8%-5.6%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value214.100.2%-4.4%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth288.460.5%4.2%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,593.13-0.2%0.1%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks638.24-0.4%-1.5%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds395.96-0.1%-1.2%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds373.250.1%-1.1%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil74.74-0.5%14.8%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,456.490.2%2.2%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services20,108.620.9%-10.1%13.6%
Health Care10,275.410.4%8.0%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,526.42-0.9%5.1%6.0%
$ per £1.32-0.2%-2.5%9.5%
€ per £1.140.0%1.1%-4.0%
¥ per £144.84-0.4%-4.9%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)12.79-4.2%15.9%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,373.00-3.2%0.5%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.63%
Consumer Price Index2.40%
Retail Price Index3.30%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E13.12
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.10
FTSE All Share Yld4.00%
15yr Gilt Yield1.60%
10yr Gilt Yield1.30%
10yr US Tres Yield2.94%

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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