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Investment Market Update

07 February 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.2% 7172.15
FTSE 250 -0.2% 18377.37
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.7% 361.60
S&P 500 -0.2% 2292.56
Nikkei -0.3% 18910.78
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.0% 23350.01


Asian stock markets were mixed and the dollar strengthened as investors eased up after political uncertainty sent them toward safe-haven assets. 


US markets ended lower, after oil stocks were hit by a fall in global prices. Oil prices fell following fresh fears that an OPEC deal to curb production would fail to prevent over-supply.


UK stocks ended down despite Randgold's shares closing 4.1% higher after fourth-quarter profits climbed 22% to $94.3m, and it raised its dividend by a half.


  • The government says 250,000 new homes are needed each year and has admitted it is lagging behind schedule. The new housing strategy for England includes forcing councils to plan for their local housing needs and giving them powers to pressure developers to start building on land they own.
  • Prime Minister Theresa May easily warded off early efforts to amend the bill she’s trying to get through Parliament to allow her to begin Brexit negotiations. May’s Conservative Party only has 329 seats so the results, which kept the House of Commons voting until after midnight, suggest lawmakers in her party largely stayed loyal. The House of Commons voted down two amendments by the main opposition party that required ministers to give Parliament regular Brexit updates.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,172.15-0.2%0.4%14.4%
FTSE 25018,377.37-0.2%1.7%3.7%
FTSE All Share3,899.70-0.2%0.7%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,272.080.2%2.5%11.0%
St. James's Place1,064.00-1.5%4.9%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600361.60-0.7%0.0%-1.2%
DAX 3011,509.84-1.2%0.3%7.0%
CAC 404,778.08-1.0%-1.7%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,292.56-0.2%2.4%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind20,052.42-0.1%1.5%13.4%
Hang Seng23,350.010.0%6.1%0.4%
Nikkei 22518,910.78-0.3%-1.1%1.8%
Australia 2005,621.920.1%-0.8%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific142.810.5%5.8%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,798.21-0.4%2.7%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)435.09-0.3%3.1%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets922.990.4%7.0%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value198.12-0.3%1.9%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth225.18-0.3%4.4%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,481.120.3%-1.2%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks635.820.5%-0.1%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds379.320.3%-0.5%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds350.180.0%2.2%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil55.72-1.9%-3.1%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,521.750.1%9.3%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services20,467.38-0.3%4.0%9.6%
Health Care9,740.260.4%-1.4%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,195.06-0.5%-4.1%54.2%
$ per £1.24-0.2%0.8%-16.3%
€ per £1.160.1%-0.9%-15.7%
¥ per £139.13-0.5%-3.7%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)11.373.6%-19.0%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index735.00-2.3%-23.5%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.35%
Consumer Price Index1.60%
Retail Price Index2.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E26.93
FTSE All Share Adj P/E24.32
FTSE All Share Yld3.89%
15yr Gilt Yield1.74%
10yr Gilt Yield1.32%
10yr US Tres Yield2.41%

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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