Investment Market Update
Asian stocks fluctuated at the start of the last month of 2017 as Japanese shares trimmed an advance that briefly helped the Nikkei 225 Stock Average reclaim a 25-year high reached in November.
US markets rose ahead of an expected tax cut vote in the Senate. The proposal, which would slash the corporate tax rate, got a boost of momentum on Thursday after a key Republican said he would back the bill. The vote has now been pushed back to Friday amid some late developments. The benchmark Dow Jones jumped above the 24,000 mark for the first time.
UK shares finished 0.9% lower at 7,326.67. Shares in Aviva ended the day 0.39% higher after the insurer increased its targets for growth and dividend payouts.
- The pound broke through the $1.35 mark for the first time in two months yesterday amid hopes of progress in the Brexit negotiations. The jump followed reports the UK had offered to pay up to €50bn (£44bn) to settle its so-called EU divorce bill.
- RBS says it will close 259 branches and cut 680 jobs as it reduces costs and encourages customers to use online and mobile services. The closures involve 62 Royal Bank of Scotland and 197 NatWest branches. RBS said it would try to ensure compulsory redundancies were "kept to an absolute minimum".
|FTSE All Share||4,033.84||-0.8%||4.1%||12.5%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,770.97||-0.1%||12.2%||11.0%|
|St. James's Place||1,214.00||0.2%||19.7%||3.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||386.69||-0.3%||7.0%||-1.2%|
|Dow Jones Ind||24,272.35||1.4%||22.8%||13.4%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||170.41||-0.8%||26.2%||2.3%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||2,077.36||0.5%||18.6%||5.3%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||505.44||0.3%||19.8%||5.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||1,120.79||-1.8%||30.0%||8.6%|
|MSCI AC World Value||220.55||0.2%||13.5%||9.5%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||272.89||0.3%||26.6%||1.8%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,539.26||0.2%||0.4%||8.5%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||635.13||-0.2%||-0.3%||21.2%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||394.64||0.2%||3.5%||10.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||376.13||0.1%||9.8%||15.0%|
|Brent Crude Oil||62.63||0.2%||6.9%||23.4%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||21,334.77||-1.2%||8.4%||9.6%|
|Oil & Gas||8,567.96||-0.8%||0.2%||54.2%|
|$ per £||1.34||-0.6%||8.8%||-16.3%|
|€ per £||1.13||-0.3%||-3.4%||-15.7%|
|¥ per £||150.29||-1.1%||4.0%||-22.7%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||11.28||5.4%||-19.7%||-22.9%|
|Baltic Dry Index||1,578.00||2.7%||64.2%||101.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.50%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.52%|
|Consumer Price Index||3.00%|
|Retail Price Index||4.00%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||19.77|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||19.29|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.80%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.64%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.33%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.41%|
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