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Investment Market Update

23 October 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.1% 7042.80
FTSE 250 -0.2% 18758.22
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.4% 359.74
S&P 500 -0.4% 2755.88
Nikkei -2.6% 22037.57
Hang Seng (HK$) -2.5% 25505.63


Asian stocks fell in morning trade on Tuesday as investors remained cautious amid rising global tensions.


US stocks edged down on Monday as early support from a rally in China faded, with lower oil prices and disappointing earnings signals from firms including Halliburton and Hasbro helping pull the market lower.


UK stocks ended lower on Monday with gambling companies among the worst blue chip performers, while UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivers her Brexit statement to the House of Commons.


  • International Trade Secretary Liam Fox believes US President Donald Trump is "very keen" to do a trade deal with the UK. Mr Fox was speaking in New York, where he was in town to promote the ties between the two countries.
  • Strikes by air traffic controllers and Ryanair pilots and cabin crew have contributed to a slide in half-year profits over the summer. The airline reported a 7% fall in profits to €1.2bn (£1.06bn) for the six months to 30 September.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,042.80-0.1%-8.4%7.6%
FTSE 25018,758.22-0.2%-9.5%14.7%
FTSE All Share3,864.04-0.1%-8.5%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,544.00-0.1%-6.2%14.9%
St. James's Place1,034.50-0.1%-15.6%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600359.74-0.4%-7.6%7.7%
DAX 3011,524.34-0.3%-10.8%12.5%
CAC 405,053.31-0.6%-4.9%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,755.88-0.4%3.1%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind25,317.41-0.5%2.4%25.1%
Hang Seng25,505.63-2.5%-14.8%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,037.57-2.6%-3.2%19.1%
Australia 2005,843.10-1.0%-3.7%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific153.770.5%-11.5%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,053.44-0.4%-2.4%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)492.78-0.3%-3.9%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets982.861.2%-15.2%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value209.06-0.5%-6.7%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth273.200.0%-1.3%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,548.440.4%-1.1%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks637.070.5%-1.7%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds393.500.3%-1.8%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds375.790.0%-0.4%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil79.830.1%25.4%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,786.130.6%-8.4%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,063.700.5%-14.7%13.6%
Health Care10,570.39-0.2%11.1%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,291.86-1.0%2.6%6.0%
$ per £1.310.8%-3.2%9.5%
€ per £1.130.3%0.8%-4.0%
¥ per £147.160.7%-3.3%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)19.64-1.3%77.9%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,579.000.2%15.6%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.80%
Consumer Price Index2.40%
Retail Price Index3.30%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E11.73
FTSE All Share Adj P/E10.78
FTSE All Share Yld4.42%
15yr Gilt Yield1.70%
10yr Gilt Yield1.53%
10yr US Tres Yield3.20%

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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