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Investment Market Update

27 September 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.1% 7511.49
FTSE 250 -0.1% 20436.48
Euro Stoxx 600 0.3% 385.04
S&P 500 -0.3% 2905.97
Nikkei -1.0% 23801.24
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.5% 27686.90


Asian stocks swung between gains and losses as investors weighed the ongoing risk of a trade dispute between China and the US and the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise rates and flag another hike before the end of the year.


US stocks fell and Treasuries rose after the Federal Reserve signaled it’ll keep raising interest rates even as inflation remains tepid.


UK stocks were mostly flat as investors awaited the US Federal Reserve's monetary policy announcement.  


  • The US Federal Reserve has raised interest rates again. Officials increased the target for the bank's benchmark rate by 0.25%, to a range of 2%-2.25%. A majority of members also said they expect another rise before the end of the year.
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to provide a bigger, faster bailout to Argentina than initially planned in an effort to restore market confidence in the country. The IMF plans to boost its 36-month financing package to $57.1bn from $50bn announced previously.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,511.490.1%-2.3%7.6%
FTSE 25020,436.48-0.1%-1.4%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,132.850.0%-2.1%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,829.290.0%-1.4%14.9%
St. James's Place1,135.000.0%-7.4%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600385.040.3%-1.1%7.7%
DAX 3012,385.890.1%-4.1%12.5%
CAC 405,512.730.6%3.8%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,905.97-0.3%8.7%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind26,385.28-0.4%6.7%25.1%
Hang Seng27,686.90-0.5%-7.5%38.5%
Nikkei 22523,801.24-1.0%4.6%19.1%
Australia 2006,181.00-0.2%1.9%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific165.760.1%-4.6%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,189.31-0.2%4.1%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)525.28-0.2%2.4%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,046.020.4%-9.7%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value219.73-0.3%-1.9%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth295.200.0%6.7%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,531.900.4%-1.6%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks627.850.2%-3.1%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds392.070.2%-2.2%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds379.680.0%0.6%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil81.34-0.6%27.1%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,195.32-1.4%-1.9%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services19,850.550.5%-11.2%13.6%
Health Care10,687.650.5%12.3%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,823.52-0.6%8.4%6.0%
$ per £1.32-0.1%-2.5%9.5%
€ per £1.12-0.2%-0.6%-4.0%
¥ per £148.71-0.1%-2.3%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)12.893.8%16.8%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,503.003.7%10.0%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.75%
LIBOR (3 months)0.80%
Consumer Price Index2.70%
Retail Price Index3.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E12.55
FTSE All Share Adj P/E12.56
FTSE All Share Yld4.07%
15yr Gilt Yield1.74%
10yr Gilt Yield1.59%
10yr US Tres Yield3.05%

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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