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Investment Market Update

02 January 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 0.0% 7687.77
FTSE 250 0.0% 20726.26
Euro Stoxx 600 0.0% 389.18
S&P 500 0.0% 2673.61
Nikkei 0.0% 22764.94
Hang Seng (HK$) 1.8% 30464.26


Asian stocks edged up towards a new high, as Chinese shares advanced after an official factory gauge showed sustained growth momentum. Markets in Japan are closed for holidays.


US stocks pared the best annual gain since 2013, slipping on the final market day in thin trading.


UK stocks ended the year hitting a new record high. Markets will open again today after the New Year break.


  • Average rail ticket prices have risen by 3.4% across the UK, in the biggest increase to fares since 2013. Campaigners warned that many people were "being priced out of getting to work".
  • Value Added Tax has been introduced in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for the first time. The 5% levy is being applied to the majority of goods and services.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,687.770.00%7.60%14.43%
FTSE 25020,726.260.00%14.70%3.71%
FTSE All Share4,221.820.00%9.00%12.45%
FTSE Small Cap5,911.890.00%14.90%10.97%
St. James's Place1,226.000.00%20.90%3.85%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600389.180.00%7.70%-1.20%
DAX 3012,917.640.00%12.50%7.02%
CAC 405,312.560.00%9.30%4.86%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,673.610.00%19.40%9.54%
Dow Jones Ind24,719.220.00%25.10%13.42%
Hang Seng30,464.261.80%38.50%0.39%
Nikkei 22522,764.940.00%19.10%1.84%
Australia 2006,061.28-0.10%7.00%6.98%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific173.7360.00%28.70%2.34%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,103.470.00%20.10%5.32%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)512.9830.00%21.60%5.63%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,157.55-0.10%34.20%8.58%
MSCI AC World Value224.0080.00%15.20%9.50%
MSCI AC World Growth276.7590.00%28.30%1.81%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,589.060.00%3.00%8.51%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks647.790.00%2.30%21.23%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds400.8780.00%5.70%10.75%
ML Global High Yield Bonds377.4590.00%9.70%15.01%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil66.870.00%14.50%23.39%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,317.310.00%24.80%93.91%
Consumer Goods and Services22,361.360.00%14.00%9.56%
Health Care9,514.490.00%-4.80%5.83%
Oil & Gas9,060.110.00%4.50%54.21%
$ per £1.35130.00%9.50%-16.25%
€ per £1.126-0.10%-4.00%-15.73%
¥ per £152.231-0.10%5.30%-22.69%
VIX Index (Volatility)11.040.00%-21.40%-22.90%
Baltic Dry Index1,366.000.00%42.14%101.05%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.52%
Consumer Price Index3.10%
Retail Price Index3.90%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E20.85184
FTSE All Share Adj P/E20.23814
FTSE All Share Yld3.64%
15yr Gilt Yield1.51%
10yr Gilt Yield1.19%
10yr US Tres Yield2.41%

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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