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Investment Market Update

29 September 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.1% 7322.82
FTSE 250 0.6% 19678.46
Euro Stoxx 600 0.2% 386.36
S&P 500 0.1% 2510.06
Nikkei -0.1% 20337.89
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.3% 27506.58


Asian stocks were mostly higher on the final trading day of what’s been a strong quarter, with emerging markets coming under pressure.


US stocks closed higher on hopes US tax reform will aid economic growth. The Dow Jones increased 0.2%, while the wider S&P 500 also rose.


UK stocks recovered in late afternoon trading to finish slightly ahead. The FTSE 100 closed higher led by building materials group CRH, up 2.9%. Tobacco group Imperial Brands fell 4% after it said it would meet profit expectations for the year, though it noted a difficult market.


  • Confidence among UK consumers and businesses is slowly rebuilding, although both groups remain cautious following the nation’s Brexit vote. A survey from Lloyds Bank showed an improvement in sentiment, following signs earlier this week that consumer spending is starting to recover. That will bolster the case among Bank of England policy makers who have said the economy will probably be strong enough to warrant higher interest rates soon.
  • The dollar is headed for its best week in 2017 as Treasury yields soared after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen flagged increased prospect of a December rate hike and President Donald Trump’s tax plan spurred talks of a wider budget deficit.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,322.820.1%2.5%14.4%
FTSE 25019,678.460.6%8.9%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,020.770.2%3.8%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,687.930.3%10.6%11.0%
St. James's Place1,143.000.9%16.5%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600386.360.2%6.9%-1.2%
DAX 3012,704.650.4%10.7%7.0%
CAC 405,293.770.2%8.9%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,510.060.1%12.1%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind22,381.200.2%13.3%13.4%
Hang Seng27,506.580.3%25.0%0.4%
Nikkei 22520,337.89-0.1%6.4%1.8%
Australia 2005,681.600.2%0.3%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific160.55-0.2%18.9%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,992.360.2%13.8%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)484.630.1%14.9%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,072.38-0.6%24.4%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value214.000.1%10.1%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth258.690.1%20.0%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,510.450.1%-0.4%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks623.60-0.1%-2.1%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds391.880.0%2.8%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds374.090.1%9.2%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil57.41-0.8%-2.3%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,617.17-0.3%11.2%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services21,329.05-0.5%8.4%9.6%
Health Care9,683.400.4%-2.0%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,237.290.7%-3.6%54.2%
$ per £1.34-0.3%8.6%-16.3%
€ per £1.140.0%-2.8%-15.7%
¥ per £151.03-0.1%4.5%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)9.55-3.2%-32.0%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,391.00-2.7%44.7%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.33%
Consumer Price Index2.90%
Retail Price Index3.90%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E21.99
FTSE All Share Adj P/E21.21
FTSE All Share Yld3.82%
15yr Gilt Yield1.68%
10yr Gilt Yield1.37%
10yr US Tres Yield2.31%

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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