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Investment Market Update

14 August 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -1.1% 7309.96
FTSE 250 -0.8% 19544.79
Euro Stoxx 600 -1.0% 372.14
S&P 500 0.1% 2441.32
Nikkei -1.0% 19531.12
Hang Seng (HK$) 1.0% 27159.38


Asian stocks increased, following US stocks, as second-quarter Japan GDP gains beat expectations and investors digested the release of Chinese data on Monday.


US stocks inched up on Friday, returning to form after a sell-off earlier in the week triggered by tensions between the US and North Korea.


UK stocks ended the week down 1.1% as worries over the situation between the US and North Korea continue to rattle investors. On Friday, Donald Trump said the US military was "locked and loaded" to deal with North Korea.


  • Japan's economy grew at 1% in the second quarter, beating expectations in what marked the sixth straight quarter of growth. The world's number three economy has been picking up steam on the back of strong exports and consumer demand.
  • Pressure on incomes looks set to continue, with pay rises forecast at 1% over the next year, a survey predicts. Despite falling unemployment, wage growth is weak because the supply of labour has also gone up, says the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,309.96-1.1%2.3%14.4%
FTSE 25019,544.79-0.8%8.1%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,010.33-1.0%3.5%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,674.30-0.2%10.3%11.0%
St. James's Place1,166.00-1.6%17.3%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600372.14-1.0%3.0%-1.2%
DAX 3012,014.060.0%4.6%7.0%
CAC 405,060.92-1.1%4.1%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,441.320.1%9.0%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind21,858.320.1%10.6%13.4%
Hang Seng27,159.381.0%23.4%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,531.12-1.0%2.2%1.8%
Australia 2005,730.400.7%1.1%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific158.45-0.8%17.3%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,937.73-0.1%10.7%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)471.33-0.3%11.7%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,042.80-1.3%20.9%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value208.41-0.5%7.2%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth251.260.0%16.5%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,602.490.1%2.2%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks645.610.0%1.4%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds399.150.0%4.7%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds368.400.0%7.6%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil52.100.4%-11.4%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,498.91-2.4%8.8%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services21,883.25-0.3%11.2%9.6%
Health Care9,390.85-0.9%-4.9%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,812.75-1.5%-8.6%54.2%
$ per £1.30-0.3%5.2%-16.3%
€ per £1.100.3%-5.9%-15.7%
¥ per £141.85-0.2%-1.8%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)15.51-3.3%10.5%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,138.004.2%18.4%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.28%
Consumer Price Index2.60%
Retail Price Index3.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E22.40
FTSE All Share Adj P/E21.50
FTSE All Share Yld3.84%
15yr Gilt Yield1.43%
10yr Gilt Yield1.06%
10yr US Tres Yield2.19%

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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