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Investment Market Update

19 July 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.2% 7390.22
FTSE 250 0.5% 19613.38
Euro Stoxx 600 -1.1% 382.58
S&P 500 0.1% 2460.61
Nikkei 0.1% 20020.86
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.4% 26634.20


Asian shares rose as optimism on China's economy underpinned stocks and commodities, and as investors bet any further tightening in the United States would be slow at best.


US stocks closed marginally higher on Tuesday as gains in tech stocks offset weakness in telecom services and energy shares. Netflix Inc. rose over 13% on the back of strong earnings.


UK stocks ended down on Tuesday, after falls in financial stocks outweighed the effect of easing inflation and positive earnings updates from Royal Mail and British Land.


  • The UK's inflation rate dropped unexpectedly to 2.6% in June, down from 2.9% in May, official figures have shown. It is the first fall in the rate since October 2016 and was largely down to lower petrol and diesel prices. Fuel prices fell for the fourth month in a row in June.
  • Growth in UK house prices has continued to slow, but the cost of the average home still increased by 4.7% in the year to May 2017. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show a drop from the 5.3% rise in the year to April. The average UK house price stood at £221,000 in May, up £10,000 from the same month last year.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,390.22-0.2%3.5%14.4%
FTSE 25019,613.380.5%8.5%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,046.36-0.1%4.5%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,623.290.3%9.3%11.0%
St. James's Place1,209.002.0%21.6%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600382.58-1.1%5.9%-1.2%
DAX 3012,430.39-1.2%8.3%7.0%
CAC 405,173.27-1.1%6.4%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,460.610.1%9.9%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind21,574.73-0.3%9.2%13.4%
Hang Seng26,634.200.4%21.1%0.4%
Nikkei 22520,020.860.1%4.7%1.8%
Australia 2005,732.100.8%1.2%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific158.210.4%17.2%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,949.660.1%11.3%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)474.450.1%12.5%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,053.230.2%22.1%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value209.73-0.1%7.9%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth252.980.2%17.3%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,545.930.5%0.6%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks617.421.1%-3.0%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds393.530.5%3.2%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds367.300.2%7.2%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil48.840.9%-17.0%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,470.91-0.1%8.3%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,215.48-0.2%12.9%9.6%
Health Care10,244.590.2%3.7%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,575.37-0.1%-11.4%54.2%
$ per £1.310.1%5.8%-16.3%
€ per £1.140.9%-3.0%-15.7%
¥ per £147.220.7%1.9%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)9.890.7%-29.6%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index932.002.2%-3.0%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.29%
Consumer Price Index2.60%
Retail Price Index3.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E24.73
FTSE All Share Adj P/E23.31
FTSE All Share Yld3.82%
15yr Gilt Yield1.59%
10yr Gilt Yield1.21%
10yr US Tres Yield2.26%

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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