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Investment Market Update

22 November 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.3% 7411.34
FTSE 250 0.4% 19943.98
Euro Stoxx 600 0.4% 388.10
S&P 500 0.7% 2599.03
Nikkei 0.5% 22523.15
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.6% 29989.49


Asian stocks headed for a record close, buoyed by fresh all-time highs for US equities. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index breached the 30,000 level to climb to the highest in a decade before slipping back.


US stocks reached all-time highs and Goldman Sachs lifted its forecast for US stock gains in 2018, saying strong economic growth and tax reform will improve corporate earnings.


UK stocks closed higher as shares in EasyJet helped lift the FTSE 100 index. EasyJet said it was benefitting from other carriers' woes. Shares rose just over 5%.  However Babcock was the biggest faller down 6.8%, after it warned that reviews of UK defence spending could hit its revenue growth.


  • UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s crisis-hit government is looking to today's Budget as a shot at redemption to find fresh popularity with voters. But the risk is that it could be another nail in its coffin.
  • Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned that raising interest rates too quickly risked stranding inflation below the US central bank’s 2% target and said there’d been “some hint” that expectations for future price increases may be drifting down.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,411.340.3%3.8%14.4%
FTSE 25019,943.980.4%10.3%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,070.450.3%5.1%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,762.280.2%12.0%11.0%
St. James's Place1,150.00-0.7%13.4%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600388.100.4%7.4%-1.2%
DAX 3013,167.540.8%14.7%7.0%
CAC 405,366.150.5%10.4%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,599.030.7%16.1%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind23,590.830.7%19.4%13.4%
Hang Seng29,989.490.6%36.3%0.4%
Nikkei 22522,523.150.5%17.8%1.8%
Australia 2005,986.410.4%5.7%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific171.590.9%27.1%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,047.150.6%16.9%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)500.510.6%18.6%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,150.981.3%33.5%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value216.610.4%11.4%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth272.340.9%26.3%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,560.790.2%1.0%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks648.020.2%1.8%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds395.880.2%3.8%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds374.160.1%9.2%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil62.570.6%6.6%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,857.650.7%16.0%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,028.791.0%11.9%9.6%
Health Care9,245.200.5%-6.4%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,544.250.1%0.0%54.2%
$ per £1.320.0%7.2%-16.3%
€ per £1.13-0.1%-4.0%-15.7%
¥ per £148.990.1%3.1%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)9.73-8.6%-30.7%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,396.000.8%45.3%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.53%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index4.00%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E19.86
FTSE All Share Adj P/E19.44
FTSE All Share Yld3.89%
15yr Gilt Yield1.58%
10yr Gilt Yield1.27%
10yr US Tres Yield2.36%

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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