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Investment Market Update

15 March 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.1% 7357.85
FTSE 250 -0.4% 18951.12
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.3% 373.46
S&P 500 -0.3% 2365.45
Nikkei -0.2% 19577.38
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.1% 23808.49


Asian stocks fell slightly but pared earlier declines of more than 0.7%, after China said they need to keep talking to the US to build trust and that they are not interested in a trade war.


US stocks fell slightly, but trading was more muted than normal on Tuesday as a late-winter storm blanketed the eastern part of the country in snow. 


UK stocks fell slightly as traders opted for caution over the ongoing Brexit speculation. Banking and retail shares were most affected, though shares in Prudential rose 2.8% as strong growth in Asia helped to boost profits for the company.


  • Dutch voters are heading to the polls today in a general election that will provide the first gauge of the spread of populism in Europe. The outcome is likely to be viewed as a barometer for votes this year in France and Germany, the two biggest economies in the eurozone.
  • The European Union is considering forcing the UK to wait until June for formal negotiations to begin on the terms of Brexit, eroding the time Prime Minister Theresa May has to land a deal, according to EU officials.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,357.85-0.10%3.00%14.43%
FTSE 25018,951.12-0.40%4.80%3.71%
FTSE All Share4,002.90-0.20%3.30%12.45%
FTSE Small Cap5,367.07-0.10%4.40%10.97%
St. James's Place1,085.00-0.70%7.00%3.85%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600373.46-0.30%3.30%-1.20%
DAX 3011,988.790.00%4.40%7.02%
CAC 404,974.26-0.50%2.30%4.86%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,365.45-0.30%5.70%9.54%
Dow Jones Ind20,837.37-0.20%5.40%13.42%
Hang Seng23,808.49-0.10%8.20%0.39%
Nikkei 22519,577.38-0.20%2.40%1.84%
Australia 2005,774.000.30%1.90%6.98%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific145.6770.10%7.90%2.34%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,842.98-0.40%5.20%5.32%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)445.61-0.30%5.60%5.63%
MSCI Emerging Markets939.9670.20%9.00%8.58%
MSCI AC World Value202-0.40%3.90%9.50%
MSCI AC World Growth231.699-0.30%7.50%1.81%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,537.460.20%0.40%8.51%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks638.720.10%0.30%21.23%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds385.5770.00%1.10%10.75%
ML Global High Yield Bonds348.003-0.40%1.60%15.01%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil50.92-0.80%-12.30%23.39%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,357.570.10%6.10%93.91%
Consumer Goods and Services21,944.640.60%11.50%9.56%
Health Care10,592.040.30%7.20%5.83%
Oil & Gas7,837.57-1.50%-8.30%54.21%
$ per £1.220.30%-1.10%-16.25%
€ per £1.150.40%-2.00%-15.73%
¥ per £140.20.50%-3.00%-22.69%
VIX Index (Volatility)11.935.10%-15.00%-22.90%
Baltic Dry Index1,112.001.20%15.70%101.05%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.34%
Consumer Price Index1.80%
Retail Price Index2.60%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E26.96637
FTSE All Share Adj P/E24.79538
FTSE All Share Yld3.88%
15yr Gilt Yield1.60%
10yr Gilt Yield1.22%
10yr US Tres Yield2.60%

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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