Investment Market Update
Asian shares retreated for the first time this week as investors focused on corporate earnings amid signals that equities’ gains have been excessive.
US stocks closed mixed on Wednesday as investors assessed minutes from the latest Federal Reserve policy meeting for insight on the outlook for interest rates and as the price of oil declined.
UK stocks closed higher, with Unilever the biggest gainer, up 5.7%, after promising a review on ways to increase value for shareholders. The move follows its rejection of Kraft Heinz's £115bn offer for the consumer goods giant. Lloyds closed 3.7% higher after announcing sharply higher annual profits.
- Federal Reserve officials have said they may need to raise interest rates "fairly soon" if the economy stays strong, minutes of their meeting show. The first meeting of the Fed since Donald Trump took office as president discussed the possibility of a rate rise as early as March. Most economists have been forecasting a rise in June. However, Fed officials appear divided on the timing of a rise amid uncertainty over Mr Trump's policies. "Several'' expressed fears that unemployment could fall substantially below the Fed's 4.8% target. That could trigger inflation pressures and force the Fed to boost rates at a faster pace than financial markets expect.
- The UK economy grew by more than previously reported in the final three months of 2016, according to the latest official estimate. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by 0.7%, up from 0.6%, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The upward revision is mainly due to manufacturing industry having done better than thought. The ONS cut its estimate for growth in 2016 as a whole to 1.8%, down from the 2% it forecast last month. This downward revision pushes UK slightly below Germany, with an estimate of 1.9%, in the G7 growth league, said John Hawksworth, chief economist at PwC, "though the difference is well within the margin of error on any such early GDP estimates."
|FTSE All Share||3,968.62||0.2%||2.5%||12.5%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,341.87||-0.2%||3.9%||11.0%|
|St. James's Place||1,087.00||-0.3%||7.2%||3.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||373.38||0.0%||3.3%||-1.2%|
|Dow Jones Ind||20,775.60||0.2%||5.1%||13.4%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||146.09||0.6%||8.2%||2.3%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||1,842.37||0.0%||5.2%||5.3%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||446.04||0.0%||5.7%||5.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||950.95||0.6%||10.3%||8.6%|
|MSCI AC World Value||202.60||0.0%||4.2%||9.5%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||231.46||0.1%||7.3%||1.8%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,518.86||0.4%||-0.2%||8.5%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||629.02||0.3%||-1.2%||21.2%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||383.01||0.3%||0.5%||10.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||351.43||0.1%||2.6%||15.0%|
|Brent Crude Oil||55.84||-1.4%||-2.9%||23.4%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||21,273.32||1.3%||8.1%||9.6%|
|Oil & Gas||7,790.48||-0.6%||-8.9%||54.2%|
|$ per £||1.24||0.0%||0.8%||-16.3%|
|€ per £||1.18||0.0%||0.5%||-15.7%|
|¥ per £||140.75||-0.3%||-2.6%||-22.7%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||11.74||1.5%||-16.4%||-22.9%|
|Baltic Dry Index||806.00||3.6%||-16.1%||101.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.25%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.00%|
|Consumer Price Index||1.80%|
|Retail Price Index||2.60%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||27.83|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||25.36|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.83%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.64%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.20%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.41%|
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