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Investment Market Update

16 August 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.4% 7383.85
FTSE 250 0.0% 19694.81
Euro Stoxx 600 0.1% 376.50
S&P 500 0.0% 2464.61
Nikkei -0.1% 19738.14
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.6% 27349.12


Asian equities were mixed on Wednesday after an uninspiring US session that saw the dollar grind higher, with attention turning away from geopolitics and back to economic data.


US stocks ended Tuesday little changed, but the dollar rose on the back of strong retail sales figures. The Commerce Department said retail sales jumped 0.6% last month, the biggest increase since December.


UK stocks rose as the pound fell after weaker-than-expected inflation data was seen as reducing the prospect of an early rise in UK interest rates. 


  • The Unite union has said Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is planning 900 technology job cuts at its London office by 2020 to reduce costs. It alleged that RBS intends to cut 40% of its permanent IT staff, or 650 jobs, as well as 230 contractors.
  • Danish brewer Carlsberg reported first-half profit that beat analysts’ estimates as the Tuborg maker reduced costs and cut debt, following in the wake of larger rival Anheuser-Busch InBev NV.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,383.850.4%3.4%14.4%
FTSE 25019,694.810.0%8.9%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,048.310.3%4.5%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,695.680.2%10.7%11.0%
St. James's Place1,183.000.3%19.0%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600376.500.1%4.2%-1.2%
DAX 3012,177.040.1%6.1%7.0%
CAC 405,140.250.4%5.7%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,464.610.0%10.1%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind21,998.990.0%11.3%13.4%
Hang Seng27,349.120.6%24.3%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,738.14-0.1%3.3%1.8%
Australia 2005,777.000.3%2.0%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific158.540.0%17.4%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,949.23-0.2%11.3%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)474.32-0.2%12.4%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,052.51-0.1%22.1%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value209.50-0.2%7.8%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth253.11-0.1%17.4%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,591.34-0.1%1.9%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks641.830.1%0.8%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds398.52-0.1%4.5%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds368.58-0.1%7.6%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil50.800.1%-13.6%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,526.02-1.0%9.4%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,172.150.9%12.6%9.6%
Health Care9,528.551.0%-3.5%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,759.06-0.6%-9.2%54.2%
$ per £1.300.9%5.2%-16.3%
€ per £1.100.4%-6.2%-15.7%
¥ per £142.080.0%-1.7%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)12.04-2.4%-14.2%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,169.001.2%21.6%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.28%
Consumer Price Index2.60%
Retail Price Index3.60%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E22.62
FTSE All Share Adj P/E21.70
FTSE All Share Yld3.81%
15yr Gilt Yield1.45%
10yr Gilt Yield1.08%
10yr US Tres Yield2.27%

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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