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Investment Market Update

25 April 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 2.1% 7264.68
FTSE 250 1.3% 19602.83
Euro Stoxx 600 2.1% 386.09
S&P 500 1.1% 2374.15
Nikkei 1.1% 19081.35
Hang Seng (HK$) 1.2% 24429.36


Concerns over North Korea and China’s financial risks weren’t enough to halt a global equities rally, as Asian stocks climbed for a fourth straight day.


US stocks rose, as Sunday’s vote in France triggered a relief rally in global equities. President Donald Trump’s vow to announce tax reforms this week also fueled gains.


UK stocks climbed, following the first round of France's presidential vote that also sparked a jump in the euro. Bank shares across European markets were among the best performers.


  • Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced that she is stepping aside as leader of her National Front party. The move comes just a day after she reached the second round of the French election, where she will face centrist Emmanuel Macron.
  • General Motors has lost a legal bid aimed at protecting it from lawsuits over faulty ignition switches. The US Supreme Court, the top US court, will not hear the carmaker's appeal, which argued that its 2009 bankruptcy protected it from the claims.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,264.682.1%1.7%14.4%
FTSE 25019,602.831.3%8.4%3.7%
FTSE All Share3,987.561.9%3.0%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,488.660.7%6.7%11.0%
St. James's Place1,115.002.7%12.2%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600386.092.1%6.8%-1.2%
DAX 3012,454.983.4%8.5%7.0%
CAC 405,268.854.1%8.4%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,374.151.1%6.0%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind20,763.891.1%5.1%13.4%
Hang Seng24,429.361.2%11.0%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,081.351.1%-0.2%1.8%
Australia 2005,871.780.0%3.6%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific147.740.5%9.4%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,871.651.6%6.9%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)453.411.5%7.5%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets971.361.0%12.7%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value203.331.7%4.6%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth238.351.4%10.5%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,595.61-0.4%2.0%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks659.76-0.8%3.6%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds390.830.0%2.5%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds356.900.5%4.2%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil51.60-0.7%-11.7%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,205.401.8%3.0%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,182.952.1%12.7%9.6%
Health Care10,099.601.5%2.3%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,632.812.0%-10.7%54.2%
$ per £1.280.3%3.9%-16.3%
€ per £1.191.3%1.8%-15.7%
¥ per £139.81-0.4%-3.2%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.84-25.9%-22.8%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,170.00-2.1%21.7%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.34%
Consumer Price Index2.30%
Retail Price Index3.10%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E26.48
FTSE All Share Adj P/E24.73
FTSE All Share Yld3.87%
15yr Gilt Yield1.43%
10yr Gilt Yield1.05%
10yr US Tres Yield2.27%

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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