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Investment Market Update

30 August 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.9% 7337.43
FTSE 250 -0.7% 19527.89
Euro Stoxx 600 -1.0% 368.42
S&P 500 0.1% 2446.30
Nikkei 0.7% 19506.54
Hang Seng (HK$) 1.0% 28032.05


Asian stocks advanced as fears of escalating geopolitical risk eased following US President Donald Trump’s tempered response to North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile across Japan.


US stocks recovered at the close from steep early losses brought by fears of escalation of hostilities in the Korean Peninsula.


UK stocks fell, as part of a selloff in global equity markets after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan.


  • One in five people struggling with debts has seen their credit card limit automatically increased - a higher proportion than for cardholders in general, a charity has claimed. Citizens Advice said 18% of those struggling financially had seen the limit increased without request, compared with 12% overall. It wants a ban on increases without a cardholder's explicit consent.
  • Changing the US tax system will be very hard for President Trump, says a former leading adviser to the White House. Mr Trump is expected to outline more of his thinking on such changes today, after making the idea a cornerstone of his election campaign.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,337.43-0.9%2.7%14.4%
FTSE 25019,527.89-0.7%8.0%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,021.42-0.8%3.8%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,660.25-0.2%10.1%11.0%
St. James's Place1,172.00-1.4%17.9%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600368.42-1.0%1.9%-1.2%
DAX 3011,945.88-1.5%4.0%7.0%
CAC 405,031.92-0.9%3.5%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,446.300.1%9.3%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind21,865.370.3%10.6%13.4%
Hang Seng28,032.051.0%27.4%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,506.540.7%2.1%1.8%
Australia 2005,669.700.0%0.1%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific160.19-0.2%18.6%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,945.05-0.1%11.1%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)474.91-0.1%12.6%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,081.23-0.4%25.4%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value209.04-0.2%7.5%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth254.270.0%17.9%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,624.980.5%2.8%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks660.931.4%3.8%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds401.200.4%5.2%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds371.370.1%8.4%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil52.000.2%-11.6%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,928.060.5%17.3%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,011.39-1.0%11.8%9.6%
Health Care9,531.79-0.7%-3.5%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,723.59-0.9%-9.6%54.2%
$ per £1.290.0%4.8%-16.3%
€ per £1.080.4%-8.0%-15.7%
¥ per £141.230.1%-2.3%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)11.703.4%-16.7%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,203.00-0.5%25.2%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.00%
Consumer Price Index2.60%
Retail Price Index3.60%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E22.05
FTSE All Share Adj P/E21.18
FTSE All Share Yld3.85%
15yr Gilt Yield1.38%
10yr Gilt Yield1.00%
10yr US Tres Yield2.13%

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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