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Investment Market Update

01 June 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.1% 7519.95
FTSE 250 -0.1% 19972.17
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.1% 389.99
S&P 500 0.0% 2411.80
Nikkei 1.1% 19860.03
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.5% 25800.39


Asian stocks rose, with a rally in Japan offsetting declines in China, as investors weighed economic data and the possible path for interest rates. The yuan also extended gains.


US stocks closed lower as a fall in oil price pulled energy stocks lower. The resolution of some technical issues in Libya raised the prospect of a supply increase and focused attention on whether Opec members would be able to limit overall production to keep prices higher.


UK stocks hit a new intra-day high in morning trade, but ended the day lower. Sterling took the opposite tack, recovering after a dip, prompted by a projection suggesting there could be a hung parliament after the election on 8 June.


  • Insurers have warned customers that premiums will go up thanks to a tax rise that has now come into force. The Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) rate has increased from 10% to 12%, with motor, home, pet and health insurance all affected.
  • BA's owner IAG launches its new trans-Atlantic budget airline, Level, with its first flight from Barcelona to Los Angeles on Thursday. Over the next three weeks Level will roll out flights from the Spanish city to San Francisco, Buenos Aires and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Fares start from £99 one-way and have been on sale since March.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,519.95-0.1%5.3%14.4%
FTSE 25019,972.17-0.1%10.5%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,116.08-0.1%6.3%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,655.220.0%10.0%11.0%
St. James's Place1,173.00-0.8%18.0%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600389.99-0.1%7.9%-1.2%
DAX 3012,615.060.1%9.9%7.0%
CAC 405,283.63-0.4%8.7%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,411.800.0%7.7%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind21,008.65-0.1%6.3%13.4%
Hang Seng25,800.390.5%17.3%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,860.031.1%3.9%1.8%
Australia 2005,738.100.2%1.3%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific152.68-0.1%13.1%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,911.740.1%9.2%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)463.790.0%9.9%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,005.33-0.6%16.6%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value204.64-0.1%5.3%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth247.750.1%14.9%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,615.800.0%2.6%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks651.48-0.8%2.3%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds396.36-0.2%4.0%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds362.980.1%6.0%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil51.84-0.9%-10.1%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,079.15-1.8%0.5%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,987.990.4%16.8%9.6%
Health Care10,776.930.8%9.1%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,851.96-1.0%-8.1%54.2%
$ per £1.28-0.4%4.1%-16.3%
€ per £1.150.2%-2.0%-15.7%
¥ per £142.30-0.2%-1.5%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.410.3%-25.9%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index878.00-2.4%-8.6%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.30%
Consumer Price Index2.70%
Retail Price Index3.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E25.36
FTSE All Share Adj P/E23.89
FTSE All Share Yld3.76%
15yr Gilt Yield1.43%
10yr Gilt Yield1.05%
10yr US Tres Yield2.20%

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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