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Investment Market Update

27 April 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.6% 7421.43
FTSE 250 0.6% 20137.62
Euro Stoxx 600 0.9% 383.75
S&P 500 1.0% 2666.94
Nikkei 0.7% 22485.97
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.7% 30227.59


Asian stocks climbed as the latest bout of earnings results buoyed sentiment in the technology sector and traders kept an eye on the historic meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea.


US stocks closed higher, boosted by solid earnings from Facebook and a rebound in technology stocks as US bond yields pulled back.


UK stocks moved higher, but fell short of the boost seen in European markets, after Shell's results capped gains on the index.


  • The number of new houses registered to be built in the first three months of the year fell by 14% due to the harsh winter weather, new figures show. Statistics from the National House Building Council revealed the drop - the worse percentage fall in one three month period since 2012. Alongside poor retail figures, many economists now fear that the first quarter GDP growth figure to be published later this morning will be weak.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland has reported a profit of £792m for the first three months of the year, up from £259m for the same quarter last year. The rise is partly thanks to a fall in restructuring costs, and a drop in conduct and litigation costs. The bank is also continuing with its plan to shrink in size, which means its running costs are falling.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,421.430.6%-3.5%7.6%
FTSE 25020,137.620.6%-2.8%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,083.530.6%-3.3%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,840.270.8%-1.2%14.9%
St. James's Place1,126.500.9%-8.1%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600383.750.9%-1.4%7.7%
DAX 3012,500.470.6%-3.2%12.5%
CAC 405,453.580.7%2.7%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,666.941.0%-0.2%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind24,322.341.0%-1.6%25.1%
Hang Seng30,227.590.7%1.0%38.5%
Nikkei 22522,485.970.7%-1.2%19.1%
Australia 2005,953.600.7%-1.8%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific171.880.0%-1.1%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,092.440.8%-0.5%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)509.910.7%-0.6%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,144.350.4%-1.2%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value219.290.3%-2.1%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth279.211.1%0.9%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,535.520.4%-1.5%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks622.580.5%-3.9%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds392.860.2%-2.0%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds376.880.1%-0.1%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil74.741.0%13.6%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,235.81-0.2%-1.3%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,521.221.6%-12.7%13.6%
Health Care9,765.370.8%2.6%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,241.810.1%2.0%6.0%
$ per £1.390.1%3.1%9.5%
€ per £1.14-0.4%1.6%-4.0%
¥ per £152.260.1%0.0%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)16.24-9.0%47.1%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,375.00-0.1%0.7%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.76%
Consumer Price Index2.50%
Retail Price Index3.30%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.83
FTSE All Share Adj P/E13.24
FTSE All Share Yld3.99%
15yr Gilt Yield1.75%
10yr Gilt Yield1.50%
10yr US Tres Yield2.98%

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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