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Investment Market Update

02 November 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.1% 7487.96
FTSE 250 0.5% 20328.24
Euro Stoxx 600 0.4% 396.77
S&P 500 0.2% 2579.36
Nikkei 0.5% 22539.12
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.0% 28597.27


Asian stocks continued to perform strongly with Japan's Nikkei 225 closing 0.5% higher at 22539. Sony shares hit a nine-year high after tipping record earnings as restructuring efforts pay off. 


US stocks rose amid economic optimism as strong corporate earnings continued to buoy markets. Estee Lauder jumped by more than 9% after forecasting stronger-than-expected holiday sales. 


UK stocks closed lower as retailers came under pressure. Shares in Next fell 9.1% after the fashion retailer issued a cautious trading update. Primark owner Associated British Foods fell 2.1%, while Debenhams were down 4%.


  • President Donald Trump plans to nominate Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell to the top job at the US central bank, according to four people familiar with the decision. In Powell, he’ll select a former private equity executive who favors continuing gradual interest rate increases and sympathises with White House calls to ease financial regulations.
  • The UK Parliament passed a motion calling on the government to release Brexit impact studies into 58 sectors of the British economy, in a victory over Prime Minister Theresa May by the opposition Labour Party, which has sought the studies for months.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,487.96-0.1%4.8%14.4%
FTSE 25020,328.240.5%12.5%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,120.010.1%6.4%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,879.230.8%14.3%11.0%
St. James's Place1,182.000.4%20.5%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600396.770.4%9.8%-1.2%
DAX 3013,465.511.8%17.3%7.0%
CAC 405,514.290.2%13.4%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,579.360.2%15.2%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind23,435.010.2%18.6%13.4%
Hang Seng28,597.270.0%30.0%0.4%
Nikkei 22522,539.120.5%17.9%1.8%
Australia 2005,931.71-0.1%4.7%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific169.620.9%25.6%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,041.170.2%16.6%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)498.080.3%18.1%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,128.940.9%30.9%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value218.050.4%12.2%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth268.080.2%24.3%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,527.18-0.1%0.1%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks633.470.2%-0.5%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds394.910.0%3.6%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds375.820.0%9.7%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil60.49-0.7%3.1%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,006.732.7%18.9%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services21,918.31-0.3%11.4%9.6%
Health Care9,517.010.3%-3.6%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,748.070.1%2.3%54.2%
$ per £1.330.1%7.6%-16.3%
€ per £1.14-0.1%-2.9%-15.7%
¥ per £150.89-0.1%4.4%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.200.2%-27.4%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,522.00-0.8%58.4%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.44%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index3.90%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E20.77
FTSE All Share Adj P/E20.36
FTSE All Share Yld3.78%
15yr Gilt Yield1.66%
10yr Gilt Yield1.34%
10yr US Tres Yield2.37%

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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