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Investment Market Update

26 January 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.2% 7164.43
FTSE 250 0.2% 18133.35
Euro Stoxx 600 1.3% 366.59
S&P 500 0.8% 2298.37
Nikkei 1.8% 19402.39
Hang Seng (HK$) 1.3% 23346.52


Asian stocks rose as US corporate earnings reignited investor optimism in economic growth. Asian stocks climbed to the highest level since July 2015.


US stocks hit a new record on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ending above 20,000 points for the first time. The S&P 500 and tech-heavy Nasdaq also achieved new highs, fuelled by hopes that President Donald Trump's policies will boost the US economy.


UK shares finished higher as markets largely shrugged off Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement that the government would be publishing a White Paper setting out its plans for leaving the EU.


  • The number of cars made in the UK reached a 17-year high last year, according to the industry's trade body. About 1.7 million cars rolled off production lines in 2016, a rise of 8.5% on the year before. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders added that exports rose 10.3% to 1.35 million vehicles, a record for the second consecutive year.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland has set aside a further $3.8bn to cover fines in the US, the bank has said. The provision is for an expected penalty linked to the bank's role in selling risky mortgages prior to the 2008 financial crisis.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,164.430.2%0.3%14.4%
FTSE 25018,133.350.2%0.3%3.7%
FTSE All Share3,887.130.2%0.4%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,238.920.2%1.9%11.0%
St. James's Place1,093.003.1%7.8%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600366.591.3%1.4%-1.2%
DAX 3011,806.051.8%2.8%7.0%
CAC 404,877.671.0%0.3%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,298.370.8%2.7%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind20,068.510.8%1.5%13.4%
Hang Seng23,346.521.3%6.1%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,402.391.8%1.5%1.8%
Australia 2005,671.510.0%0.1%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific141.080.5%4.5%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,805.810.9%3.1%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)436.170.8%3.4%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets912.160.4%5.8%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value199.200.8%2.5%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth225.050.8%4.4%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,446.59-0.8%-2.2%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks624.61-1.0%-1.9%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds376.58-0.6%-1.2%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds348.230.2%1.7%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil55.08-0.6%-3.1%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,702.87-0.9%12.9%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services20,162.360.3%2.4%9.6%
Health Care9,528.600.3%-3.5%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,317.480.0%-2.7%54.2%
$ per £1.270.4%2.5%-16.3%
€ per £1.180.3%0.4%-15.7%
¥ per £143.690.3%-0.6%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.81-2.3%-23.0%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index862.00-2.7%-10.3%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.00%
Consumer Price Index1.60%
Retail Price Index2.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E27.44
FTSE All Share Adj P/E24.61
FTSE All Share Yld3.88%
15yr Gilt Yield1.84%
10yr Gilt Yield1.47%
10yr US Tres Yield2.51%

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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