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Investment Market Update

04 August 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.9% 7474.77
FTSE 250 0.3% 19908.24
Euro Stoxx 600 0.1% 378.93
S&P 500 -0.2% 2472.16
Nikkei -0.4% 19953.71
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.0% 27530.21


Asian stocks were mixed on Friday as bonds climbed following a Wall Street Journal report that US Special Counsel Robert Mueller was said to have impaneled a grand jury in the ongoing Russia probe.


US stocks were mixed yesterday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising to yet another record close, while other market indices fell. Pfizer shares gained more than 1% after the firm announced progress toward approval of a new arthritis drug.


The FTSE 100 rose after the pound fell as the Bank of England announced it was leaving interest rates unchanged and downgraded UK growth forecasts. Clothing retailer Next saw its shares surge 9.2% after it increased its dividend to shareholders.


  • The governor of the Bank of England has warned that uncertainty over Brexit is already weighing on the economy. Mark Carney's comments came as the Bank voted to hold rates and cut growth forecasts. Sterling dropped to a nine-month low against the euro after the downward revision to the growth forecasts. 

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,474.770.9%4.6%14.4%
FTSE 25019,908.240.3%10.1%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,095.490.7%5.7%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,702.950.1%10.9%11.0%
St. James's Place1,222.000.2%22.9%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600378.930.1%4.8%-1.2%
DAX 3012,154.72-0.2%5.9%7.0%
CAC 405,130.490.5%5.5%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,472.16-0.2%10.4%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind22,026.100.0%11.5%13.4%
Hang Seng27,530.210.0%25.1%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,953.71-0.4%4.4%1.8%
Australia 2005,719.50-0.3%0.9%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific160.91-0.3%19.2%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,968.72-0.1%12.4%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)479.11-0.1%13.6%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,064.07-0.6%23.4%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value212.32-0.1%9.2%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth254.85-0.1%18.2%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,569.640.7%1.3%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks630.941.1%-0.9%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds397.220.6%4.2%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds371.230.1%8.4%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil52.01-0.7%-11.6%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,614.931.2%11.1%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,151.311.7%12.5%9.6%
Health Care9,758.360.2%-1.2%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,972.270.7%-6.7%54.2%
$ per £1.320.8%7.3%-16.3%
€ per £1.120.8%-4.9%-15.7%
¥ per £146.181.0%1.2%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.441.6%-25.6%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,023.003.0%6.5%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/E23.25
FTSE All Share Adj P/E22.25
FTSE All Share Yld3.73%
15yr Gilt Yield1.52%
10yr Gilt Yield1.15%
10yr US Tres Yield2.22%

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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