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Investment Market Update

13 April 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.2% 7348.99
FTSE 250 0.6% 19423.94
Euro Stoxx 600 0.2% 381.90
S&P 500 -0.4% 2344.93
Nikkei -0.7% 18431.87
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.2% 24352.66


Asian stocks were mixed with Japanese shares falling for a third day, though they pared the day’s worst losses as the yen erased an earlier gain.


US stocks closed lower amid continuing concern at geopolitical tensions over Syria and North Korea.


UK stocks declined following poor performance from the supermarket sector. Tesco fell 5.7% after its full-year profits fell because of legal costs arising from a fine for overstating its profits in 2014.


  • Energy firm EDF is raising the price of electricity for the second time this year for customers on standard tariffs. From 21 June, EDF customers will see electricity prices increase by 9% and gas prices go up by 5.5%. The supplier previously increased electricity prices by 8.4% on 1 March, although it cut gas prices in January.
  • Property surveyors are getting gloomier about the state of the housing market, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Its latest monthly survey shows that stock levels are at a new record low. However, because of the shortage of housing, it said prices in many parts of the UK are continuing to accelerate.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,348.99-0.2%2.9%14.4%
FTSE 25019,423.940.6%7.4%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,018.12-0.1%3.7%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,481.090.4%6.6%11.0%
St. James's Place1,058.000.5%6.4%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600381.900.2%5.7%-1.2%
DAX 3012,154.700.1%5.9%7.0%
CAC 405,101.110.0%4.9%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,344.93-0.4%4.7%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind20,591.86-0.3%4.2%13.4%
Hang Seng24,352.660.2%10.7%0.4%
Nikkei 22518,431.87-0.7%-3.6%1.8%
Australia 2005,889.90-0.7%4.0%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific146.780.0%8.7%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,842.99-0.3%5.2%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)446.55-0.2%5.9%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets958.200.4%11.1%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value200.87-0.3%3.3%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth234.03-0.1%8.5%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,605.450.0%2.3%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks682.320.5%7.2%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds390.600.0%2.5%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds353.860.0%3.3%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil55.86-0.7%-4.4%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,318.23-2.9%5.3%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,358.500.3%13.6%9.6%
Health Care10,275.140.2%4.0%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,037.31-0.2%-6.0%54.2%
$ per £1.25-0.1%1.2%-16.3%
€ per £0.850.1%-0.4%-15.7%
¥ per £0.73-0.1%5.4%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)15.774.6%12.3%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,282.001.6%33.4%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.34%
Consumer Price Index2.30%
Retail Price Index3.10%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E26.91
FTSE All Share Adj P/E24.99
FTSE All Share Yld3.87%
15yr Gilt Yield1.42%
10yr Gilt Yield1.05%
10yr US Tres Yield2.24%

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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