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Investment Market Update

29 December 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.0% 7622.88
FTSE 250 0.0% 20642.31
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.3% 389.54
S&P 500 0.2% 2687.54
Nikkei -0.1% 22764.94
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.3% 29943.01


Asian stocks headed for a record close on the final 2017 trading day, capping their best year since 2009.


US stocks closed slightly higher, led by financial and technology companies.


UK stocks hit fresh record highs on Thursday, supported by mining shares which continue to be pushed higher by rising commodity prices.


  • UK job seekers saw the first annual increase in advertised salaries in more than two years in November, according to employment search company Adzuna. While advertised salaries rose 1.2%, this is still far below inflation which exceeded 3% last month.
  • President Donald Trump warned that illicit Chinese oil sales to North Korea may jeopardise a "friendly solution" to the confrontation over Kim Jong-Un's nuclear weapons programme.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,622.880.00%6.70%14.43%
FTSE 25020,642.310.00%14.20%3.71%
FTSE All Share4,190.330.00%8.20%12.45%
FTSE Small Cap5,904.360.50%14.80%10.97%
St. James's Place1,216.000.50%19.90%3.85%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600389.54-0.30%7.80%-1.20%
DAX 3012,979.94-0.70%13.10%7.02%
CAC 405,339.42-0.50%9.80%4.86%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,687.540.20%20.00%9.54%
Dow Jones Ind24,837.510.30%25.70%13.42%
Hang Seng29,943.010.30%36.10%0.39%
Nikkei 22522,764.94-0.10%19.10%1.84%
Australia 2006,065.13-0.40%7.00%6.98%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific173.4020.40%28.40%2.34%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,106.890.20%20.30%5.32%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)513.5110.20%21.70%5.63%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,153.580.80%33.80%8.58%
MSCI AC World Value224.1260.20%15.30%9.50%
MSCI AC World Growth277.1810.30%28.50%1.81%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,583.04-0.20%1.70%8.51%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks647.23-0.50%1.60%21.23%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds400.48-0.10%5.10%10.75%
ML Global High Yield Bonds376.9090.10%10.00%15.01%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil66.160.30%12.90%23.39%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,229.300.80%23.30%93.91%
Consumer Goods and Services22,182.16-0.20%12.70%9.56%
Health Care9,393.610.20%-4.90%5.83%
Oil & Gas8,988.83-0.10%5.20%54.21%
$ per £1.3398-0.40%8.60%-16.25%
€ per £1.1260.10%-4.00%-15.73%
¥ per £151.8260.00%5.10%-22.69%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.18-2.80%-27.50%-22.90%
Baltic Dry Index1,366.000.00%46.50%101.05%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.52%
Consumer Price Index3.10%
Retail Price Index3.90%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E20.67008
FTSE All Share Adj P/E20.07541
FTSE All Share Yld3.67%
15yr Gilt Yield1.52%
10yr Gilt Yield1.20%
10yr US Tres Yield2.43%

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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