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Investment Market Update

06 December 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.2% 7327.50
FTSE 250 -0.3% 19871.08
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.2% 386.74
S&P 500 -0.4% 2629.57
Nikkei -2.0% 22177.04
Hang Seng (HK$) -1.5% 28410.15


Asian stocks closed lower as the technology, mining, consumer and industrial sectors led declines. Japan equities fell sharply, as did Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index.


US stocks ended lower as a technology rebound lost steam and Walt Disney Co dipped, while investors assessed how a Republican tax overhaul would impact corporate earnings.


UK stocks finished down at losing momentum in afternoon trading. Mining stocks provided the biggest drag, with Glencore and Anglo American falling by more than 2%. They were hurt by drops in metal prices, as copper and nickel hit their lowest levels in two months.


  • The European Union has published its first blacklist of tax havens, naming 17 territories including Saint Lucia, Barbados and South Korea. A "watchlist" of 47 countries promising to change their tax rules to meet EU standards has also been issued. The "grey list" includes several with UK links, including Hong Kong, Jersey, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, as well as Switzerland and Turkey. 
  • Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline will invest £40m in UK genetic research as part of the government's life sciences sector deal. US drug maker Merck, and diagnostics company QIAGEN last month announced UK investments worth more than £1bn. Several dozen other companies are expected to announce further deals in the coming weeks.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,327.50-0.2%2.6%14.4%
FTSE 25019,871.08-0.3%9.9%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,031.05-0.2%4.1%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,755.32-0.2%11.9%11.0%
St. James's Place1,175.00-2.1%15.9%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600386.74-0.2%7.0%-1.2%
DAX 3013,048.54-0.1%13.7%7.0%
CAC 405,375.53-0.3%10.6%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,629.57-0.4%17.5%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind24,180.64-0.5%22.4%13.4%
Hang Seng28,410.15-1.5%29.1%0.4%
Nikkei 22522,177.04-2.0%16.0%1.8%
Australia 2005,945.71-0.4%4.9%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific169.43-0.2%25.5%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,063.64-0.3%17.8%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)502.33-0.3%19.1%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,117.69-0.4%29.6%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value219.95-0.4%13.2%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth270.29-0.2%25.4%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,557.930.2%0.9%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks644.611.0%1.2%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds396.460.1%4.0%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds376.080.0%9.8%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil62.860.7%7.3%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,575.51-1.6%10.4%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services21,571.750.6%9.6%9.6%
Health Care8,999.60-0.6%-8.9%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,609.22-0.2%0.7%54.2%
$ per £1.350.2%9.1%-16.3%
€ per £1.14-0.2%-3.1%-15.7%
¥ per £151.860.3%5.1%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)11.33-3.0%-19.3%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,666.000.2%73.4%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/E19.77
FTSE All Share Adj P/E19.28
FTSE All Share Yld3.80%
15yr Gilt Yield1.58%
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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