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Investment Market Update

01 August 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.0% 7372.00
FTSE 250 0.3% 19781.14
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.1% 377.85
S&P 500 -0.1% 2470.30
Nikkei 0.3% 19989.30
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.7% 27509.34


Asian stock markets advanced Tuesday as investors prepared to assess a fresh round of corporate earnings reports and data releases for signs the global economy is on the right track.


US stocks started the week on an upbeat note, with bullish sentiment bolstered by strong corporate earnings. The positive earnings season has seen almost three-quarters of S&P 500 members that have unveiled their figures thus far report earnings and sales that have beat forecasts.


UK stocks closed flat yesterday, as a rise in HSBC on the back of strong results was offset by falling tobacco stocks following a new US regulatory clamp down.


  • The Bank of England has been urged to share details of how prepared banks and insurance firms are for Brexit. Newly-appointed Treasury select committee chairwoman Nicky Morgan demanded the information, in one of her first moves since taking on the role. In a letter to the bank's Prudential Regulatory Authority, she asked for the key risks of a "no deal" scenario.
  • British Gas will increase electricity prices by 12.5% from 15 September, its owner Centrica has said, in a move that will affect 3.1 million customers. However, the company's gas prices will be held at their current level. Centrica said the price increase was its first since November 2013, adding that British Gas was one of the last suppliers to raise prices.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,372.000.0%3.2%14.4%
FTSE 25019,781.140.3%9.4%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,046.200.1%4.5%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,701.000.5%10.8%11.0%
St. James's Place1,217.000.5%22.4%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600377.85-0.1%4.5%-1.2%
DAX 3012,118.25-0.4%5.5%7.0%
CAC 405,093.77-0.7%4.8%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,470.30-0.1%10.3%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind21,891.120.3%10.8%13.4%
Hang Seng27,509.340.7%25.0%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,989.300.3%4.6%1.8%
Australia 2005,772.400.9%1.9%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific160.350.4%18.7%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,961.100.0%12.0%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)477.580.1%13.2%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,066.230.3%23.7%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value211.660.2%8.9%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth254.02-0.1%17.8%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,546.25-0.1%0.6%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks623.680.1%-2.1%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds394.900.0%3.6%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds370.180.1%8.1%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil52.721.0%-10.4%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,641.020.8%11.7%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services21,541.57-1.8%9.4%9.6%
Health Care9,810.690.5%-0.7%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,770.880.7%-9.1%54.2%
$ per £1.31-0.4%6.5%-16.3%
€ per £1.120.1%-4.7%-15.7%
¥ per £145.37-0.2%0.6%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.26-0.3%-26.9%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index946.001.4%-1.6%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.29%
Consumer Price Index2.60%
Retail Price Index3.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E23.24
FTSE All Share Adj P/E22.26
FTSE All Share Yld3.78%
15yr Gilt Yield1.59%
10yr Gilt Yield1.23%
10yr US Tres Yield2.29%

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 2017. "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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