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Investment Market Update

12 October 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.1% 7533.81
FTSE 250 0.1% 20167.78
Euro Stoxx 600 0.0% 390.15
S&P 500 0.2% 2555.24
Nikkei 0.3% 20951.06
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.4% 28503.26


Asian stocks advanced for a fifth day, sending the regional benchmark to a fresh 10-year high, after minutes of the latest US Federal Reserve meeting boosted optimism that rate increases in the world’s biggest economy will remain gradual.


US stocks rose and the dollar weakened as investors studied the latest Federal Reserve minutes for clues on the next interest rate hike.


UK stocks were mixed, as small gains in utility firms failed to offset weakness in banking stocks.


  • Draft legislation designed to lower the cost of energy bills is set to be published by the government later. The Draft Domestic Gas and Electricity Bill will give energy regulator Ofgem the power to cap standard variable tariffs.
  • Young first-time buyers are increasing their overall mortgage debt in order to tackle short-term financial pressures. The average mortgage term is lengthening from the traditional 25 years, according to figures from broker L&C Mortgages.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,533.81-0.1%5.5%14.4%
FTSE 25020,167.780.1%11.6%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,133.080.0%6.7%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,816.790.1%13.1%11.0%
St. James's Place1,130.001.3%15.2%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600390.150.0%7.9%-1.2%
DAX 3012,970.680.2%13.0%7.0%
CAC 405,362.410.0%10.3%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,555.240.2%14.1%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind22,872.890.2%15.7%13.4%
Hang Seng28,503.260.4%29.6%0.4%
Nikkei 22520,951.060.3%9.6%1.8%
Australia 2005,794.500.4%2.3%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific165.040.1%22.2%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,024.540.1%15.6%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)493.890.2%17.1%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,117.330.4%29.6%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value217.360.1%11.8%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth264.490.3%22.7%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,510.82-0.1%-0.4%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks638.780.3%0.3%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds392.96-0.1%3.1%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds375.540.1%9.6%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil56.940.6%-3.0%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,898.83-1.0%16.8%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,280.630.3%13.2%9.6%
Health Care10,011.530.2%1.4%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,444.820.1%-1.2%54.2%
$ per £1.320.0%7.1%-16.3%
€ per £1.120.4%-4.6%-15.7%
¥ per £148.21-0.2%2.6%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)9.85-2.3%-29.8%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,433.001.1%49.1%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.36%
Consumer Price Index2.90%
Retail Price Index3.90%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E22.38
FTSE All Share Adj P/E21.63
FTSE All Share Yld3.74%
15yr Gilt Yield1.71%
10yr Gilt Yield1.38%
10yr US Tres Yield2.35%

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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