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Investment Market Update

05 September 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.4% 7411.47
FTSE 250 -0.4% 19697.91
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.5% 374.18
S&P 500 0.0% 2476.55
Nikkei -0.7% 19374.84
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.1% 27756.57


Asian stocks were mixed as investors went on the defensive over worries about North Korea, but expectations that Beijing will maintain support for its economy ahead of a key congress supported Chinese stocks.


US stock markets were closed on Monday for the annual Labor Day holiday.


UK stocks were down overall on Monday amid fears over unrest in Asia, following North Korea's test of a nuclear bomb at the weekend. Mining stocks were some of the biggest risers driven by a rush to safe-haven stocks in the wake of the geopolitical tensions.


  • UK retail sales rebounded last month despite shoppers facing pressure from higher inflation, according to an industry report. The British Retail Consortium, working with consultancy KPMG, said like-for-like sales rose 1.3% in August, against a 0.9% fall for the same month in 2016.
  • More than 1.8 million Volkswagen cars are being recalled in China because of a faulty fuel pump. China's consumer watchdog said the recall affected vehicles made by VW and its two Chinese joint ventures with SAIC and FAW. The defect can cause the engine to stall due to an electronics failure in the fuel pump.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,411.47-0.4%3.8%14.4%
FTSE 25019,697.91-0.4%9.0%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,060.73-0.4%4.8%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,703.77-0.1%10.9%11.0%
St. James's Place1,148.00-0.9%17.0%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600374.18-0.5%3.5%-1.2%
DAX 3012,102.21-0.3%5.4%7.0%
CAC 405,103.97-0.4%5.0%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,476.550.0%10.6%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind21,987.560.0%11.3%13.4%
Hang Seng27,756.570.1%26.2%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,374.84-0.7%1.4%1.8%
Australia 2005,706.200.1%0.7%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific160.23-0.6%18.6%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,963.32-0.1%12.1%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)478.95-0.2%13.5%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,083.34-0.7%25.6%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value210.38-0.2%8.2%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth256.95-0.2%19.2%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,602.160.0%2.2%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks648.62-0.3%1.9%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds399.520.0%4.8%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds372.000.1%8.6%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil52.34-0.8%-10.9%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,085.610.1%20.5%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,206.19-0.4%12.8%9.6%
Health Care9,658.11-0.6%-2.2%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,752.040.2%-9.3%54.2%
$ per £1.300.2%5.0%-16.3%
€ per £1.090.5%-6.9%-15.7%
¥ per £142.760.7%-1.2%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.130.0%-27.8%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,187.000.3%23.5%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.28%
Consumer Price Index2.60%
Retail Price Index3.60%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E22.25
FTSE All Share Adj P/E21.39
FTSE All Share Yld3.82%
15yr Gilt Yield1.44%
10yr Gilt Yield1.06%
10yr US Tres Yield2.17%

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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