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Investment Market Update

27 March 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.5% 6888.69
FTSE 250 -0.7% 19187.09
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.7% 363.18
S&P 500 2.7% 2658.55
Nikkei 2.4% 21267.75
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.8% 30807.53


Asian stocks were up as they followed Wall Street's lead and rose sharply on Tuesday, as hopes grew that a trade war between the US and China could be averted.


US stocks were up on Monday as they staged a powerful rebound, surging on signs that recent trade tensions were easing as the Dow Jones Industrial Average notched its third biggest point gain ever.


UK stocks were down on Monday as the pound strengthened sending big cap shares lower, although resource stocks gave some support. 


  • The US Federal Trade Commission will investigate Facebook over how private data on millions of users was given to Cambridge Analytica. The social network has been criticised for letting the analysis firm scoop up data on 50 million users. The information is believed to have been used to help Donald Trump's 2016 campaign for US president.
  • Debt on UK credit cards is growing at the fastest rate since before the financial crisis, figures show. The more regular use of these cards for smaller, contactless purchases explains in part the greater debt being built up over short periods. However, figures from UK Finance show that the annual growth rate in outstanding credit card debt of 8.3% in February was the highest for 12 years.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1006,888.69-0.5%-10.4%7.6%
FTSE 25019,187.09-0.7%-7.4%14.7%
FTSE All Share3,810.81-0.5%-9.7%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,575.74-0.3%-5.7%14.9%
St. James's Place1,079.50-1.1%-11.9%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600363.18-0.7%-6.7%7.7%
DAX 3011,787.26-0.8%-8.8%12.5%
CAC 405,066.28-0.6%-4.6%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,658.552.7%-0.6%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,202.602.8%-2.1%25.1%
Hang Seng30,807.530.8%3.0%38.5%
Nikkei 22521,267.752.4%-6.6%19.1%
Australia 2005,832.300.7%-3.8%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific172.830.5%-0.6%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,069.131.6%-1.6%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)506.901.5%-1.2%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,182.280.9%2.1%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value216.261.3%-3.5%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth279.681.7%1.0%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,576.680.1%-0.3%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks640.030.0%-1.2%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds393.090.0%-1.9%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds377.100.2%-0.1%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil70.12-0.5%6.1%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,854.63-0.9%-7.3%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services18,718.45-0.7%-16.3%13.6%
Health Care8,784.88-1.0%-7.7%-3.7%
Oil & Gas8,122.240.7%-10.4%6.0%
$ per £1.41-0.6%4.6%9.5%
€ per £1.140.1%1.6%-4.0%
¥ per £148.02-1.0%-2.8%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)21.03-15.4%90.5%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,126.000.4%-17.6%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.66%
Consumer Price Index2.70%
Retail Price Index3.60%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.30
FTSE All Share Adj P/E12.68
FTSE All Share Yld4.25%
15yr Gilt Yield1.65%
10yr Gilt Yield1.44%
10yr US Tres Yield2.85%

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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