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Investment Market Update

03 April 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.6% 7322.92
FTSE 250 -0.2% 18971.83
Euro Stoxx 600 0.2% 381.14
S&P 500 -0.2% 2362.72
Nikkei 0.7% 19038.04
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.3% 24183.55


Stocks in Asia rose at the start of a busy week that includes a meeting between Xi Jinping and Donald Trump and culminates in the monthly US jobs report.


US stocks fell on the quarter’s last day, as banks resumed their decline amid falling Treasury yields. The loss wasn’t enough to weaken a quarter that is poised to be the best for the S&P 500 Index since 2015.


UK stocks declined, with companies with business interests in South Africa hit after the country's finance minister was sacked. The removal of Pravin Gordhan after days of speculation sent South Africa's currency, the rand, lower.


  • Lloyds Bank has announced plans to shrink hundreds of its branches in size, in some cases boarding up the old counter sections. The new "micro branches" will be staffed by just two people, who will help customers to use machines, including pay-in devices.
  • In a record quarter, Tesla delivered just over 25,000 cars in the first three months of the year. The electric car maker said that was a 70% rise on the same period of 2016.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,322.92-0.6%2.5%14.4%
FTSE 25018,971.83-0.2%4.9%3.7%
FTSE All Share3,990.00-0.5%3.0%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,430.460.5%5.6%11.0%
St. James's Place1,062.000.0%4.7%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600381.140.2%5.5%-1.2%
DAX 3012,312.870.5%7.2%7.0%
CAC 405,122.510.6%5.4%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,362.72-0.2%5.5%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind20,663.22-0.3%4.6%13.4%
Hang Seng24,183.550.3%9.9%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,038.040.7%-0.4%1.8%
Australia 2005,868.700.1%3.6%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific146.92-0.8%8.8%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,853.69-0.3%5.9%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)448.87-0.4%6.4%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets958.37-1.1%11.1%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value202.57-0.5%4.2%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth234.46-0.4%8.7%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,581.870.0%1.6%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks648.010.8%1.8%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds388.730.0%2.0%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds353.030.0%3.1%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil53.530.8%-8.4%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,322.18-1.9%5.4%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services21,957.91-0.5%11.6%9.6%
Health Care10,431.09-0.9%5.6%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,849.85-1.3%-8.2%54.2%
$ per £1.24-1.2%0.5%-16.3%
€ per £1.15-2.6%-2.2%-15.7%
¥ per £137.86-1.4%-4.6%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)12.377.2%-11.9%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,297.00-2.0%35.0%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.34%
Consumer Price Index2.30%
Retail Price Index3.20%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E26.71
FTSE All Share Adj P/E24.76
FTSE All Share Yld3.87%
15yr Gilt Yield1.49%
10yr Gilt Yield1.14%
10yr US Tres Yield2.39%

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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