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Investment Market Update

20 February 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.3% 7299.96
FTSE 250 0.0% 18707.49
Euro Stoxx 600 0.0% 370.22
S&P 500 0.2% 2351.16
Nikkei 0.1% 19251.08
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.6% 24188.10


Asian stocks were mixed, as investors await further details from President Donald Trump on his economic policies, including tax reforms.


US stocks rose to all-time highs after a report on deal activity between T-Mobile Inc. and SoftBank Group Corp. and a speech by President Donald Trump at a Boeing Co. factory in South Carolina.


A surge in Unilever shares pushed the FTSE 100 higher, after it emerged it had received and rejected a takeover bid from US food giant Kraft Heinz. Unilever shares finished more than 13% higher, and that helped push the benchmark FTSE 100 past the post with a 22-point gain to 7,299.96.


  • Kraft Heinz says it has dropped its plan to buy Anglo-Dutch rival Unilever. Marmite-maker Unilever rejected the US food giant's bid, saying it saw "no merit, either financial or strategic" in Kraft's offer, worth about £115bn. The deal would have been one of the biggest in corporate history, combining dozens of household names.
  • Online retail giant Amazon has said it will create 5,000 new full-time jobs in the UK this year. The recruitment will take Amazon's workforce in the UK to more than 24,000.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,299.960.3%2.2%14.4%
FTSE 25018,707.490.0%3.5%3.7%
FTSE All Share3,968.780.2%2.5%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,347.00-0.1%4.0%11.0%
St. James's Place1,090.00-0.5%7.5%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600370.220.0%2.4%-1.2%
DAX 3011,757.020.0%2.4%7.0%
CAC 404,867.58-0.7%0.1%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,351.160.2%5.0%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind20,624.050.0%4.4%13.4%
Hang Seng24,188.100.6%9.9%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,251.080.1%0.7%1.8%
Australia 2005,795.09-0.2%2.3%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific145.01-0.2%7.4%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,836.500.0%4.9%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)444.17-0.1%5.3%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets939.03-0.7%8.9%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value201.88-0.3%3.9%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth230.320.2%6.8%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,516.550.4%-0.2%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks635.460.1%-0.2%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds382.520.3%0.3%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds350.57-0.1%2.4%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil55.810.3%-2.9%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,694.12-1.1%12.7%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services21,219.492.7%7.8%9.6%
Health Care10,271.481.3%4.0%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,800.30-1.2%-8.7%54.2%
$ per £1.240.2%0.8%-16.3%
€ per £1.170.1%-0.2%-15.7%
¥ per £140.700.5%-2.6%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)11.49-2.3%-18.2%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index741.004.4%-22.9%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.36%
Consumer Price Index1.80%
Retail Price Index2.60%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E27.19
FTSE All Share Adj P/E24.79
FTSE All Share Yld3.83%
15yr Gilt Yield1.63%
10yr Gilt Yield1.21%
10yr US Tres Yield2.41%

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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