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Investment Market Update

16 January 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.1% 7769.14
FTSE 250 -0.1% 20832.77
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.2% 397.83
S&P 500 0.0% 2786.24
Nikkei 1.0% 23951.81
Hang Seng (HK$) 1.6% 31844.05


Asian equities’ best start to a year since 2006 continued on Tuesday as most bourses in the region pushed higher.


US stocks were closed for a public holiday.


UK stocks closed slightly lower, on a day where Carillion was the biggest corporate story of the day. The UK's second largest construction company has filed for compulsory liquidation.


  • BP announced this morning that it expects to book a non-operating charge of around £1.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017 for the remaining claims associated with the Deepwater Horizon settlement.
  • Carillion Plc, the UK construction company with government contracts in everything from hospitals to the HS2 high-speed rail project, filed for compulsory liquidation after failing in a last-ditch effort to shore up finances and get a government bailout.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,769.14-0.10%1.10%7.60%
FTSE 25020,832.77-0.10%0.50%14.70%
FTSE All Share4,264.44-0.10%1.00%9.00%
FTSE Small Cap6,038.690.40%2.10%14.90%
St. James's Place1,243.000.00%1.40%20.90%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600397.83-0.20%2.20%7.70%
DAX 3013,200.51-0.30%2.20%12.50%
CAC 405,509.69-0.10%3.70%9.30%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,786.240.00%4.20%19.40%
Dow Jones Ind25,803.190.00%4.40%25.10%
Hang Seng31,844.051.60%6.40%38.50%
Nikkei 22523,951.811.00%5.20%19.10%
Australia 2006,048.64-0.50%-0.30%7.00%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific182.0430.60%4.70%28.70%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,193.950.40%4.30%20.10%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)535.2210.40%4.30%21.60%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,210.640.20%4.50%34.20%
MSCI AC World Value232.9710.40%4.00%15.20%
MSCI AC World Growth289.6650.40%4.70%28.30%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,559.810.20%-0.80%3.00%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks642.290.20%-0.80%2.30%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds400.3440.20%-0.10%5.70%
ML Global High Yield Bonds381.7220.30%1.10%9.70%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil70.260.60%5.10%14.50%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,690.290.50%5.90%25.00%
Consumer Goods and Services22,065.560.10%-1.30%13.60%
Health Care9,386.50-0.30%-1.30%-3.70%
Oil & Gas9,365.01-0.10%3.40%6.00%
$ per £1.3728-0.60%1.60%9.50%
€ per £1.12510.00%-0.10%-4.00%
¥ per £152.481990.00%0.20%5.30%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.160.00%-8.00%-21.40%
Baltic Dry Index1,264.00-1.20%-7.50%42.14%
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/E21.03988
FTSE All Share Adj P/E20.40033
FTSE All Share Yld3.76%
15yr Gilt Yield1.60%
10yr Gilt Yield1.32%
10yr US Tres Yield2.55%

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 2018. "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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