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Investment Market Update

29 March 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.7% 7343.42
FTSE 250 0.3% 18953.34
Euro Stoxx 600 0.6% 377.03
S&P 500 0.7% 2358.57
Nikkei -0.1% 19182.93
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.1% 24369.27


Asian stocks outside Japan built on gains for a second day as a rise in consumer confidence rekindled optimism in the strength of the US.


US stocks pushed higher after financial firms rebounded from a six-week low as investors speculated that the selling due to US policy uncertainty had gone too far.


UK stocks closed higher after shares in plumbing goods supplier Wolseley bolstered the market, as the company reported a sharp rise in profits. Tesco closed 1.3% higher after reaching an agreement over the 2014 accounting scandal. 


  • The UK will start the clock on two years of negotiations to withdraw from the European Union today, a move that will redefine the country's relationship with its largest trading partner.
  • Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said the Federal Open Market Committee’s median estimate for two more rate hikes this year “seems about right.”

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,343.420.70%2.80%14.43%
FTSE 25018,953.340.30%4.80%3.71%
FTSE All Share3,997.190.60%3.20%12.45%
FTSE Small Cap5,386.880.60%4.70%10.97%
St. James's Place1,056.00-0.10%4.10%3.85%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600377.30.60%4.40%-1.20%
DAX 3012,149.421.30%5.80%7.02%
CAC 405,046.200.60%3.80%4.86%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,358.570.70%5.30%9.54%
Dow Jones Ind20,701.500.70%4.80%13.42%
Hang Seng24,369.270.10%10.80%0.39%
Nikkei 22519,182.93-0.10%0.40%1.84%
Australia 2005,873.520.90%3.70%6.98%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific149.0191.00%10.30%2.34%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,858.880.70%6.10%5.32%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)450.5990.70%6.80%5.63%
MSCI Emerging Markets970.3210.50%12.50%8.58%
MSCI AC World Value203.5580.80%4.70%9.50%
MSCI AC World Growth235.1210.60%9.00%1.81%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,557.60-0.10%0.90%8.51%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks643.41-0.20%1.00%21.23%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds386.792-0.10%1.50%10.75%
ML Global High Yield Bonds352.1630.20%2.80%15.01%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil51.331.10%-11.60%23.39%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,317.511.80%5.30%93.91%
Consumer Goods and Services21,960.31-0.10%11.60%9.56%
Health Care10,551.620.00%6.80%5.83%
Oil & Gas7,866.481.50%-8.00%54.21%
$ per £1.2401-0.60%0.50%-16.25%
€ per £1.1475-0.40%-2.20%-15.73%
¥ per £137.855-0.20%-4.60%-22.69%
VIX Index (Volatility)11.53-7.80%-17.90%-22.90%
Baltic Dry Index1,333.004.00%38.70%101.05%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.34%
Consumer Price Index2.30%
Retail Price Index3.20%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E26.73473
FTSE All Share Adj P/E24.78249
FTSE All Share Yld3.85%
15yr Gilt Yield1.55%
10yr Gilt Yield1.19%
10yr US Tres Yield2.42%

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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