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Investment Market Update

15 December 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.6% 7448.12
FTSE 250 -0.3% 20006.27
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.5% 388.91
S&P 500 -0.4% 2652.01
Nikkei -0.6% 22553.22
Hang Seng (HK$) -1.2% 28807.06


Asian stocks were mostly lower after modest declines in the US and Europe overnight, but South Korea’s stock benchmark rebounded after sharp end-of-session losses a day earlier.


US stocks declined as recent optimism about the passage of proposed tax reforms showed signs of fading, while the dollar stabilised and Treasuries retreated as robust economic data helped offset perceived signs of dovshness from the Federal Reserve. 


UK stocks closed lower which was weighed down by losses among financial stocks. The index's biggest loser was Standard Life Aberdeen, down 3.27% to 413.5p, followed by Convatec Group down 3.1% to 202.9p, and Standard Chartered down 1.9% to 759.4p


  • Walt Disney has agreed to buy the bulk of 21st Century Fox's business for $52.4bn (£39bn), in a deal both companies said position them to compete in the rapidly changing media industry. The purchase includes Fox's film and television studios, as well as its 39% stake in satellite broadcaster Sky.
  • Japan has imposed fresh sanctions against North Korea as it seeks to ramp up pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programmes. Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said the assets of another 19 entities and individuals would be frozen. More than 210 organisations and people from countries including China and Russia will now be targeted.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,448.12-0.6%4.3%14.4%
FTSE 25020,006.27-0.3%10.7%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,088.58-0.6%5.6%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,758.94-0.2%12.0%11.0%
St. James's Place1,172.000.4%15.6%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600388.91-0.5%7.6%-1.2%
DAX 3013,068.08-0.4%13.8%7.0%
CAC 405,357.14-0.8%10.2%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,652.01-0.4%18.5%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind24,508.66-0.3%24.0%13.4%
Hang Seng28,807.06-1.2%30.9%0.4%
Nikkei 22522,553.22-0.6%18.0%1.8%
Australia 2005,996.97-0.2%5.8%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific171.050.2%26.7%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,077.55-0.3%18.6%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)505.51-0.3%19.8%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,121.220.2%30.0%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value220.66-0.3%13.5%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth272.83-0.2%26.5%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,597.000.6%2.1%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks648.351.0%1.8%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds400.170.4%5.0%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds375.490.0%9.6%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil63.311.4%8.0%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,789.270.6%14.6%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services21,839.65-1.1%11.0%9.6%
Health Care9,173.78-0.8%-7.1%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,746.88-0.3%2.3%54.2%
$ per £1.34-0.6%8.2%-16.3%
€ per £1.14-0.4%-3.2%-15.7%
¥ per £151.050.1%4.5%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.493.0%-25.3%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,668.00-3.6%73.6%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.52%
Consumer Price Index3.10%
Retail Price Index3.90%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E20.03
FTSE All Share Adj P/E19.53
FTSE All Share Yld3.75%
15yr Gilt Yield1.48%
10yr Gilt Yield1.17%
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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