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Investment Market Update

18 January 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -1.5% 7220.38
FTSE 250 -0.4% 18240.96
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.2% 362.42
S&P 500 -0.3% 2267.89
Nikkei 0.4% 18894.37
Hang Seng (HK$) 1.2% 23114.45


Asian stocks swung between gains and losses as investors remained cautious ahead of US President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration speech.


US stocks fell as markets reopened after Monday’s holiday as financial and health-care shares declined and the US dollar headed for the biggest single-day loss since July.


The UK’s FTSE 100 Index tumbled the most since a slump in June spurred by the Brexit vote, as a surge in the pound following Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech weighed on exporters.


  • Tens of thousands of grandparents are missing out on National Insurance credits which could be worth more than £230 a year when they retire, a former pensions minister has said. Sir Steve Webb, director of policy at Royal London, wants the government to encourage more people to claim them.
  • Sterling strengthened against all major counterparts yesterday after Prime Minister Theresa May promised a parliamentary vote on taking the UK out of the European Union. May also pledged to quit the single market, and instead seek a customs agreement with the bloc to deliver “a smooth and orderly Brexit.”

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,220.38-1.5%1.1%14.4%
FTSE 25018,240.96-0.4%0.9%3.7%
FTSE All Share3,915.91-1.2%1.1%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,264.38-0.2%2.4%11.0%
St. James's Place1,058.00-0.8%4.3%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600362.42-0.2%0.3%-1.2%
DAX 3011,540.00-0.1%0.5%7.0%
CAC 404,859.69-0.5%-0.1%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,267.89-0.3%1.3%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind19,826.77-0.3%0.3%13.4%
Hang Seng23,114.451.2%5.1%0.4%
Nikkei 22518,894.370.4%-1.2%1.8%
Australia 2005,678.75-0.4%0.2%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific139.940.1%3.6%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,782.86-0.1%1.8%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)430.330.0%2.0%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets894.870.6%3.8%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value196.900.0%1.3%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth221.610.1%2.8%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,493.560.4%-0.9%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks631.99-0.3%-0.7%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds380.290.1%-0.2%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds347.270.3%1.4%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil55.47-0.7%-2.4%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,519.12-2.1%9.2%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services19,788.03-2.4%0.5%9.6%
Health Care9,843.93-1.5%-0.3%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,490.53-1.7%-0.7%54.2%
$ per £1.23-0.3%0.1%-16.3%
€ per £1.16-0.2%-1.5%-15.7%
¥ per £139.930.1%-3.2%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)11.875.7%-15.5%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index922.00-0.3%-4.1%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.00%
Consumer Price Index1.60%
Retail Price Index2.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E27.62
FTSE All Share Adj P/E24.77
FTSE All Share Yld3.89%
15yr Gilt Yield1.70%
10yr Gilt Yield1.31%
10yr US Tres Yield2.33%

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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