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Investment Market Update

05 December 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.5% 7338.97
FTSE 250 0.4% 19935.95
Euro Stoxx 600 0.9% 387.47
S&P 500 -0.1% 2639.44
Nikkei -0.4% 22622.38
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.5% 28991.31


Stocks in Asia traded mixed as investors assessed gains spurred by the passage of the US tax cuts in the Senate that lifted equities to fresh highs. In China, a private report on services indicated that the sector expanded more firmly last month than in October.


US stocks rose as they saw the blue chip Dow Jones and S&P 500 indexes hit record highs during trading, before easing back slightly. The driving force on Wall Street at the start of the week was the US Senate's approval of the biggest tax law change since the 1980s.


UK stocks finished 0.5% higher, rebounding from a two-month low. Analysts said that progress in US tax reforms had given stock markets a boost worldwide. Sky shares finished nearly 3% higher following reports that Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox has re-opened talks with Walt Disney.


  • Theresa May came closer than ever on Monday to the Brexit deal she’s been working on for months. A last-minute upset over the Irish border left an agreement still not in place. 
  • Train fares in Britain will go up by an average of 3.4% from 2 January, the rail industry has announced. The increase covers both regulated fares, which includes season tickets, and unregulated fares, such as off-peak leisure tickets.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,338.970.5%2.7%14.4%
FTSE 25019,935.950.4%10.3%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,038.500.5%4.3%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,764.620.0%12.1%11.0%
St. James's Place1,200.000.3%18.3%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600387.470.9%7.2%-1.2%
DAX 3013,058.551.5%13.7%7.0%
CAC 405,389.291.4%10.8%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,639.44-0.1%17.9%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind24,290.050.2%22.9%13.4%
Hang Seng28,991.31-0.5%31.8%0.4%
Nikkei 22522,622.38-0.4%18.4%1.8%
Australia 2005,971.82-0.2%5.4%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific169.79-0.1%25.7%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,069.990.0%18.2%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)503.920.1%19.5%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,121.950.5%30.1%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value220.820.4%13.6%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth270.93-0.2%25.6%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,551.01-0.6%0.7%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks638.22-1.1%0.2%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds395.96-0.3%3.9%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds376.050.1%9.8%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil62.45-2.0%6.6%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,668.530.5%12.2%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services21,446.060.4%9.0%9.6%
Health Care9,051.73-0.1%-8.4%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,630.140.3%1.0%54.2%
$ per £1.350.1%9.2%-16.3%
€ per £1.13-0.3%-3.4%-15.7%
¥ per £151.08-0.5%4.6%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)11.682.2%-16.8%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,662.002.2%72.9%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.52%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index4.00%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E19.80
FTSE All Share Adj P/E19.32
FTSE All Share Yld3.79%
15yr Gilt Yield1.60%
10yr Gilt Yield1.29%
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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