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Investment Market Update

20 December 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.1% 7544.09
FTSE 250 0.4% 20341.51
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.4% 391.02
S&P 500 -0.3% 2681.47
Nikkei 0.1% 22891.72
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.2% 29181.28


Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday, with markets in Japan and Hong Kong gaining ground as South Korean stocks fell, while investors waited for the final votes to overhaul the US tax code.


US stocks dropped despite the Senate approving the bill for the largest overhaul of the US tax code in 30 years. Each of the major indices moved lower a day after they all hit record highs.


UK stocks closed higher with the FTSE 100 at 7,544.09, still supported by a weaker pound. The index was led by Shire Plc, up 3.7% to £39.15, despite the fact that its experimental drug for children with Hunter syndrome failed to meet late-stage clinical trial goals.


  • The Bank of England is to unveil plans allowing European banks to operate in the UK as normal post-Brexit. Banks offering wholesale finance - money and services provided to businesses and each other - would operate under existing rules.
  • US Senate has approved the most sweeping overhaul of the US tax system in more than three decades. The House of Representatives earlier approved the bill comfortably. Republicans have majorities in both houses of Congress. For final approval the legislation must go back to the House on Wednesday for a procedural issue.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,544.090.1%5.6%14.4%
FTSE 25020,341.510.4%12.5%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,143.350.2%7.0%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,814.730.4%13.1%11.0%
St. James's Place1,201.000.6%18.4%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600391.02-0.4%8.2%-1.2%
DAX 3013,215.79-0.7%15.1%7.0%
CAC 405,382.91-0.7%10.7%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,681.47-0.3%19.8%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind24,754.75-0.2%25.3%13.4%
Hang Seng29,181.28-0.2%32.6%0.4%
Nikkei 22522,891.720.1%19.8%1.8%
Australia 2006,075.620.1%7.2%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific171.600.0%27.1%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,096.34-0.4%19.7%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)510.12-0.3%20.9%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,132.200.2%31.3%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value222.43-0.3%14.4%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth275.62-0.3%27.8%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,578.91-0.7%1.5%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks641.00-1.2%0.7%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds399.90-0.4%4.9%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds375.540.0%9.6%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil63.800.6%8.9%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,937.68-0.8%17.5%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,129.990.2%12.4%9.6%
Health Care9,325.680.6%-5.6%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,810.44-0.3%3.1%54.2%
$ per £1.340.2%8.5%-16.3%
€ per £1.140.5%-3.2%-15.7%
¥ per £150.64-0.3%4.2%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.035.2%-28.6%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,547.00-2.6%61.0%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.51%
Consumer Price Index3.10%
Retail Price Index3.90%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E20.45
FTSE All Share Adj P/E19.85
FTSE All Share Yld3.70%
15yr Gilt Yield1.53%
10yr Gilt Yield1.21%
10yr US Tres Yield2.46%

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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