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Investment Market Update

22 February 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.5% 7281.57
FTSE 250 -0.1% 19788.89
Euro Stoxx 600 0.2% 381.10
S&P 500 -0.5% 2701.33
Nikkei -1.1% 21736.44
Hang Seng (HK$) -1.3 31028.83


Asian stocks decrease as indexes track Wall Street decline following Fed report which rekindles inflation and rising bond yields.


US Stocks ended Wednesday lower after the release of fed minutes, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up its gains amid concerns about higher interest rates following the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve’s January meeting.


UK stocks were marginally up on Wednesday, the AA was amongst the biggest fallers dropping 28% following a profit warning. The roadside recovery and insurance group expects underlying income to reach between £335m and £345m for 2019, a decrease from the predicted 390m.


  • The head of Ford's US operations is leaving the company immediately following an internal investigation into inappropriate behaviour. The carmaker said its inquiry had concluded that some of Raj Nair's conduct had been "inconsistent with the company's code of conduct”. Ford did not specify why the investigation was started nor what it uncovered.
  • The UK has seen the strongest two quarters of productivity growth since the recession of 2008, according to the latest data. Output per hour rose 0.8% in the three months to December, the Office for National Statistics said. It follows growth of 0.9% in the previous period. There was also a better than expected rise in wages. Excluding bonuses, earnings rose by 2.5% year-on-year.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,281.570.5%-5.3%7.6%
FTSE 25019,788.89-0.1%-4.5%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,007.430.4%-5.1%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,728.420.5%-3.1%14.9%
St. James's Place1,142.500.8%-6.8%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600381.100.2%-2.1%7.7%
DAX 3012,470.49-0.1%-3.5%12.5%
CAC 405,302.170.2%-0.2%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,701.33-0.5%1.0%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,797.78-0.7%0.3%25.1%
Hang Seng31,028.83-1.3%3.7%38.5%
Nikkei 22521,736.44-1.1%-4.5%19.1%
Australia 2005,950.880.1%-1.9%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific177.160.3%1.9%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,118.36-0.4%0.7%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)518.92-0.2%1.1%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,209.671.3%4.4%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value222.93-0.3%-0.5%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth284.420.0%2.8%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,511.820.2%-2.2%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks630.43-0.1%-2.7%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds393.070.1%-1.9%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds378.19-0.1%0.2%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil65.420.3%-1.5%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,402.751.9%1.4%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services20,051.61-0.3%-10.3%13.6%
Health Care8,895.850.2%-6.5%-3.7%
Oil & Gas8,223.60-0.1%-9.2%6.0%
$ per £1.400.3%3.6%9.5%
€ per £1.130.1%0.7%-4.0%
¥ per £150.20-0.1%-1.3%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)20.02-2.8%81.3%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,146.002.6%-16.1%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.55%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index4.00%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E17.59
FTSE All Share Adj P/E17.41
FTSE All Share Yld4.00%
15yr Gilt Yield1.79%
10yr Gilt Yield1.55%
10yr US Tres Yield2.95%

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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