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Investment Market Update

22 August 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.1% 7318.88
FTSE 250 0.1% 19646.90
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.4% 372.72
S&P 500 0.1% 2428.37
Nikkei 0.0% 19383.84
Hang Seng (HK$) 1.0% 27419.23


Asian stocks rose marginally in thin trading as the yen snapped four days of gains and investors reassessed positions ahead of a meeting of central bankers. 


US stocks ended up slightly on Monday after two days of declines, though a drop in oil prices weighed on energy shares.


UK stocks closed marginally lower on Monday, suffering their third straight session of losses, in line with a broader "risk-off" move among European markets. Barclays and RBS were among the FTSE 100's biggest losers, both dropping about 1%.


  • BHP Billiton will sell its US shale assets after pressure from shareholders to offload the underperforming business. The miner said a number of parties are interested in the assets and it is "actively pursuing options to exit". It comes as the company reported £4.56 bn annual net profit.
  • Doorstep lender Provident Financial has issued its second profit warning in months. It says it now expects to make losses of £80m to £120m as its debt collection rates have dropped to 57% compared with a previous rate of 90% in 2016.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,318.88-0.1%2.5%14.4%
FTSE 25019,646.900.1%8.7%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,017.490.0%3.7%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,666.980.3%10.2%11.0%
St. James's Place1,173.00-1.3%18.0%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600372.72-0.4%3.1%-1.2%
DAX 3012,065.99-0.8%5.1%7.0%
CAC 405,087.59-0.5%4.6%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,428.370.1%8.5%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind21,703.750.1%9.8%13.4%
Hang Seng27,419.231.0%24.6%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,383.840.0%1.4%1.8%
Australia 2005,750.100.4%1.5%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific159.310.0%18.0%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,932.220.1%10.3%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)471.230.1%11.7%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,063.660.4%23.4%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value207.810.1%6.9%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth251.850.1%16.8%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,599.170.2%2.1%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks643.540.3%1.1%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds399.260.2%4.7%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds369.110.2%7.8%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil51.66-2.0%-12.2%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,666.820.3%12.2%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services21,998.400.4%11.8%9.6%
Health Care9,354.72-1.1%-5.3%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,692.40-0.1%-10.0%54.2%
$ per £1.29-0.3%4.3%-16.3%
€ per £1.090.3%-6.7%-15.7%
¥ per £140.440.0%-2.8%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)13.19-7.5%-6.1%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,266.000.5%31.7%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/E22.43
FTSE All Share Adj P/E21.52
FTSE All Share Yld3.85%
15yr Gilt Yield1.45%
10yr Gilt Yield1.07%
10yr US Tres Yield2.18%

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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