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Investment Market Update

18 August 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.6% 7387.87
FTSE 250 -0.4% 19773.08
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.6% 376.87
S&P 500 -1.5% 2430.01
Nikkei -1.3% 19450.05
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.4% 27229.26


Asian stocks fell, paring the week’s gain, after a terror attack in Barcelona added to concern that US President Donald Trump’s policy plans may be stymied by discord within his administration.


US stocks declined, after European Central Bank officials expressed concern over the strong euro and assessed the outlook for the President’s agenda after corporate CEOs abandoned two White House advisory groups.


UK stocks edged lower, as investors weighed up fresh economic and corporate numbers. Stronger UK retail sales in July - driven by food - were overshadowed by weak growth figures from Kingfisher, which owns DIY chain B&Q.


  • Sales of British salmon helped the UK export a record amount of food and drink in the first half of the year, according to industry figures. Exports of the fish jumped more than 53% by value to £408m, the Food and Drink Federation said. UK food and drink exports rose 8.5% to £10.2bn, helped by the fall in the pound after last year's Brexit vote.
  • President Trump is dropping plans to create an advisory group on infrastructure, a day after two other business panels were dissolved.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,387.87-0.6%3.4%14.4%
FTSE 25019,773.08-0.4%9.4%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,052.37-0.6%4.6%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,682.78-0.5%10.5%11.0%
St. James's Place1,191.00-0.7%19.8%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600376.87-0.6%4.3%-1.2%
DAX 3012,203.46-0.5%6.3%7.0%
CAC 405,146.85-0.6%5.9%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,430.01-1.5%8.5%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind21,750.73-1.2%10.1%13.4%
Hang Seng27,229.26-0.4%23.8%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,450.05-1.3%1.8%1.8%
Australia 2005,752.40-0.5%1.5%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific159.830.5%18.4%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,936.32-0.9%10.6%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)472.10-0.8%11.9%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,063.330.3%23.3%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value208.23-0.8%7.1%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth252.27-0.7%17.0%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,586.430.1%1.8%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks641.400.3%0.7%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds398.040.0%4.4%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds368.830.0%7.7%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil51.031.5%-13.2%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,662.720.0%12.1%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,162.89-0.7%12.6%9.6%
Health Care9,583.310.1%-3.0%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,748.42-0.3%-9.4%54.2%
$ per £1.28-0.2%4.1%-16.3%
€ per £1.100.1%-6.4%-15.7%
¥ per £142.270.6%-1.5%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)15.5532.5%10.8%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,247.003.3%29.8%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/E22.64
FTSE All Share Adj P/E21.72
FTSE All Share Yld3.82%
15yr Gilt Yield1.47%
10yr Gilt Yield1.09%
10yr US Tres Yield2.19%

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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