Investment Market Update
Stocks in Asia struggled for direction Wednesday, with Chinese shares falling as concerns lingered over the impact of potential global trade restrictions.
US stocks rose on Tuesday despite lingering trade tensions, with energy shares rallying with oil prices. Large technology companies also performed well, including Apple and Amazon, which both gained more than 1% while Netflix jumped 3.9%.
The FTSE 100 ended the day higher yesterday with commodities helping the market recoup losses from the previous session. Cruise operator Carnival Corp was the top gainer, as shares bounced back after losing heavily after results yesterday.
- MPs have backed controversial plans to build a third runway at London's Heathrow airport. The government won a key vote in the Commons by 415 votes to 119 - a majority of 296. The vote was welcomed by business group the CBI as "a truly historic decision that will open the doors to a new era in the UK's global trading relationships".
- Costa has blamed a lack of shoppers on the High Street for a fall in like-for-like sales at the start of the year. The nation's biggest coffee chain reported a 2% fall in like-for-like sales in the first three months of the year. However, total UK sales growth were up by 5.2% thanks to new store openings, said Costa parent Whitbread.
|FTSE All Share||4,157.22||0.3%||-1.5%||9.0%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,917.68||-0.1%||0.1%||14.9%|
|St. James's Place||1,154.00||0.2%||-5.9%||20.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||377.25||0.0%||-3.1%||7.7%|
|Dow Jones Ind||24,283.11||0.1%||-1.8%||25.1%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||166.91||-0.2%||-4.0%||28.7%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||2,088.41||0.1%||-0.7%||20.1%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||504.91||0.1%||-1.6%||21.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||1,067.75||-0.3%||-7.8%||34.2%|
|MSCI AC World Value||212.02||0.0%||-5.4%||15.2%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||282.71||0.2%||2.1%||28.3%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,593.89||0.1%||0.1%||3.0%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||638.65||0.1%||-1.4%||2.3%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||394.51||-0.1%||-1.6%||5.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||372.94||-0.1%||-1.2%||9.7%|
|Brent Crude Oil||76.31||2.1%||17.2%||14.5%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||19,965.23||0.0%||-10.7%||13.6%|
|Oil & Gas||9,585.77||1.2%||5.8%||6.0%|
|$ per £||1.33||0.3%||-1.8%||9.5%|
|€ per £||1.13||0.0%||0.8%||-4.0%|
|¥ per £||145.32||-0.1%||-4.5%||5.3%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||15.92||-8.1%||44.2%||-21.4%|
|Baltic Dry Index||1,323.00||-0.8%||-3.1%||42.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.50%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.66%|
|Consumer Price Index||2.40%|
|Retail Price Index||3.30%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||12.91|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||12.89|
|FTSE All Share Yld||4.02%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.60%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.30%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.88%|
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