Investment Market Update
Asian stocks were higher on Thursday in a thin trading session. Markets were supported by the drop in US dollar.
US stocks eked out a positive close Wednesday, with gains in real estate and utilities offsetting declines in energy and telecommunications stocks.
UK stocks hit fresh record highs on Wednesday after a two-day holiday break, boosted by a rally in commodity stocks and a 28% jump for IWG after the serviced office provider confirmed a takeover approach.
- Bitcoin resumed its fall on Thursday after South Korea said it was eyeing options including a potential shutdown of at least some cryptocurrency exchanges to stamp out a frenzy of speculation.
- Fewer people have hit the UK's Boxing Day sales this year as Black Friday discounts and savvy online shoppers lowered turnout. Shop visits dropped by 4.5% up to 5pm compared with last year, according to a research group. Shopping centres and High Streets recorded the biggest declines.
|FTSE All Share||4,188.50||0.4%||8.1%||12.5%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,874.46||0.4%||14.2%||11.0%|
|St. James's Place||1,210.00||0.7%||19.3%||3.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||390.54||0.1%||8.1%||-1.2%|
|Dow Jones Ind||24,774.30||0.1%||25.4%||13.4%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||172.66||0.2%||27.9%||2.3%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||2,103.19||0.2%||20.1%||5.3%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||512.23||0.2%||21.4%||5.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||1,144.39||0.5%||32.7%||8.6%|
|MSCI AC World Value||223.61||0.2%||15.0%||9.5%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||276.44||0.3%||28.2%||1.8%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,588.79||0.6%||1.8%||8.5%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||650.24||1.0%||2.1%||21.2%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||400.85||0.5%||5.1%||10.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||376.45||0.1%||9.9%||15.0%|
|Brent Crude Oil||66.44||-0.9%||13.4%||23.4%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||22,223.66||0.3%||12.9%||9.6%|
|Oil & Gas||8,993.72||0.5%||5.2%||54.2%|
|$ per £||1.34||-0.1%||8.4%||-16.3%|
|€ per £||1.13||0.1%||-3.9%||-15.7%|
|¥ per £||151.46||-0.2%||4.8%||-22.7%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||10.47||2.1%||-25.4%||-22.9%|
|Baltic Dry Index||1,366.00||0.0%||42.1%||101.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.50%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.00%|
|Consumer Price Index||3.10%|
|Retail Price Index||3.90%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||20.66|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||20.07|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.68%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.50%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.17%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.41%|
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