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Investment Market Update

19 January 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.4% 7247.61
FTSE 250 0.4% 18312.80
Euro Stoxx 600 0.2% 363.07
S&P 500 0.2% 2271.89
Nikkei 0.9% 19072.25
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.4% 23001.12


Japanese stocks climbed the most in two weeks while the yen fluctuated, and oil resumed gains after the biggest drop in more than a week. Nikkei rose as the yen swung after posting its steepest fall since November on Wednesday. Asian shares elsewhere were mixed.


US stocks ended higher as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the economy is near the central bank’s objectives of full employment and stable prices.


UK stocks closed slightly higher after struggling to find direction during the day. Burberry rose 3% following positive sales numbers. 


  • Prime Minister Theresa May will meet the leaders of the global finance industry today as both she and they push ahead with their own plans for Brexit. Two days after delivering her vision for pulling Britain out of the European Union’s single market, May will address the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, and also attend a private session with Wall Street executives.
  • UK unemployment fell to 1.6 million in the three months to November - the lowest level for more than a decade - official figures showed.The jobless rate was steady at an 11-year low of 4.8%, the Office for National Statistics said.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,247.610.4%1.5%14.4%
FTSE 25018,312.800.4%1.3%3.7%
FTSE All Share3,929.520.3%1.5%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,237.00-0.5%1.8%11.0%
St. James's Place1,052.00-0.6%3.7%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600363.070.2%0.5%-1.2%
DAX 3011,599.390.5%1.0%7.0%
CAC 404,853.40-0.1%-0.2%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,271.890.2%1.5%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind19,804.72-0.1%0.2%13.4%
Hang Seng23,001.12-0.4%4.5%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,072.250.9%-0.2%1.8%
Australia 2005,692.180.2%0.5%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific140.310.3%3.9%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,785.690.2%2.0%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)431.100.2%2.2%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets897.890.3%4.1%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value197.160.1%1.4%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth222.110.2%3.0%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,487.03-0.2%-1.1%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks632.720.1%-0.6%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds379.78-0.1%-0.4%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds347.190.0%1.4%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil53.92-2.8%-5.1%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,604.901.6%10.9%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services19,970.050.9%1.5%9.6%
Health Care9,897.900.5%0.2%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,522.370.4%-0.3%54.2%
$ per £1.23-0.3%-0.5%-16.3%
€ per £1.150.1%-1.6%-15.7%
¥ per £140.810.9%-2.6%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)12.485.1%-11.1%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index952.003.3%-0.9%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/E27.76
FTSE All Share Adj P/E24.89
FTSE All Share Yld3.87%
15yr Gilt Yield1.72%
10yr Gilt Yield1.34%
10yr US Tres Yield2.43%

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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