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Investment Market Update

03 November 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.9% 7555.32
FTSE 250 0.3% 20385.48
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.5% 394.94
S&P 500 0.0% 2579.85
Nikkei 0.0% 22539.12
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.3% 28598.79


Equities in Asia were mixed as investors assessed the latest news on US tax-cut plans and looked ahead to Friday’s American jobs report.


US markets closed at a record high on Thursday after US President Donald Trump formally announced Federal Reserve governor Jerome Powell as his pick to lead the US central bank.


UK stocks closed higher, led by companies benefitting from weakness in sterling. The pound fell after the Bank of England raised interest rates but warned any future rises would be limited.


  • In the US, House Republican leaders began rolling out a tax bill on Thursday that contains sweeping changes for business and individual taxes, including a measure to cut the corporate tax rate to 20%.
  • After raising UK interest rates for the first time in more than a decade on Thursday, Mark Carney said the pending divorce from the European Union is the main risk to the outlook, aggravating existing weaknesses that could hold back potential growth.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,555.320.90%5.80%14.43%
FTSE 25020,385.480.30%12.80%3.71%
FTSE All Share4,151.700.80%7.20%12.45%
FTSE Small Cap5,887.890.10%14.50%10.97%
St. James's Place1,200.001.50%22.30%3.85%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600394.94-0.50%9.30%-1.20%
DAX 3013,440.93-0.20%17.10%7.02%
CAC 405,510.50-0.10%13.30%4.86%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,579.850.00%15.20%9.54%
Dow Jones Ind23,516.260.30%19.00%13.42%
Hang Seng28,598.790.30%30.00%0.39%
Nikkei 22522,539.120.00%17.90%1.84%
Australia 2005,959.880.50%5.20%6.98%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific169.9640.20%25.90%2.34%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,043.240.10%16.70%5.32%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)498.4390.10%18.20%5.63%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,127.31-0.10%30.70%8.58%
MSCI AC World Value218.4080.20%12.40%9.50%
MSCI AC World Growth268.0360.00%24.30%1.81%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,552.260.70%0.80%8.51%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks638.950.90%0.30%21.23%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds397.2840.60%4.20%10.75%
ML Global High Yield Bonds375.9630.00%9.80%15.01%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil60.620.20%3.30%23.39%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,089.391.40%20.50%93.91%
Consumer Goods and Services22,081.000.70%12.20%9.56%
Health Care9,563.080.50%-3.20%5.83%
Oil & Gas8,933.962.10%4.50%54.21%
$ per £1.32611.60%7.50%-16.25%
€ per £1.14051.80%-2.80%-15.73%
¥ per £151.074011.40%4.50%-22.69%
VIX Index (Volatility)9.93-2.60%-29.30%-22.90%
Baltic Dry Index1,496.00-1.70%55.70%101.05%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.45%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index3.90%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E20.49079
FTSE All Share Adj P/E20.12149
FTSE All Share Yld3.77%
15yr Gilt Yield1.60%
10yr Gilt Yield1.26%
10yr US Tres Yield2.35%

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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