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Investment Market Update

01 November 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.1% 7493.08
FTSE 250 0.1% 20227.86
Euro Stoxx 600 0.3% 395.22
S&P 500 0.1% 2575.26
Nikkei 1.9% 22420.08
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.9% 28491.43


Stocks in Asia closed higher on Wednesday, with markets in Japan and South Korea leading gains in the region. Investors also digested the extended gains in oil prices and the release of China's Caixin manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, which met expectations. 


US stocks ended higher, with the Nasdaq at a new record following strong US economic data. US consumer confidence hit a 17 year high in October, while sales of single-family homes rose in September to their highest level in a decade. Meanwhile chip maker Qualcomm, which is embroiled in a row with Apple, fell 6.7%.


UK stocks rose overall on Tuesday with bookmakers holding onto gains despite the government announcement to carry out a review into fixed odd betting terminals. William Hill shares rose 2.4% and Ladbrokes added 1.7%. Meanwhile shares in Ryanair ended 6.4% higher after the airline said it expected record annual profits this year.


  • The eurozone's economy grew by 0.6% in the three months to September, above analysts' expectations, according to EU statistics office Eurostat. For the past 12 months, the growth rate was 2.5%, Eurostat said. Last month, the European Central Bank (ECB) raised its 2017 growth forecast for the 19 nation eurozone to 2.2%, the fastest in 10 years.
  • Facebook, Twitter and Google lawyers defended themselves to US lawmakers probing whether Russia used social media to influence the 2016 election.The three firms faced hard questions at a Senate panel on crime and terrorism about why they missed political ads bought with Russian money. Lawmakers are eyeing new regulations for social media firms in the wake of Russia's alleged meddling in 2016.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,493.080.1%4.9%14.4%
FTSE 25020,227.860.1%11.9%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,117.690.1%6.3%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,833.790.0%13.4%11.0%
St. James's Place1,177.000.3%20.0%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600395.220.3%9.4%-1.2%
DAX 3013,229.570.0%15.2%7.0%
CAC 405,503.290.2%13.2%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,575.260.1%15.0%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind23,377.240.1%18.3%13.4%
Hang Seng28,491.430.9%29.5%0.4%
Nikkei 22522,420.081.9%17.3%1.8%
Australia 2005,937.770.5%4.8%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific168.02-0.1%24.4%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,036.800.1%16.3%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)496.630.1%17.7%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,119.080.3%29.8%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value217.220.0%11.8%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth267.520.3%24.1%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,529.670.0%0.1%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks632.140.7%-0.7%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds394.840.1%3.6%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds375.740.1%9.7%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil60.940.6%3.9%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,849.72-0.6%15.8%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services21,988.89-0.5%11.7%9.6%
Health Care9,488.62-0.1%-3.9%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,735.111.1%2.2%54.2%
$ per £1.32-0.6%6.9%-16.3%
€ per £1.13-0.5%-3.3%-15.7%
¥ per £149.28-1.1%3.3%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.18-3.0%-27.5%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,534.00-0.8%59.6%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.43%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index3.90%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E20.80
FTSE All Share Adj P/E20.36
FTSE All Share Yld3.78%
15yr Gilt Yield1.66%
10yr Gilt Yield1.33%
10yr US Tres Yield2.38%

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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