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Investment Market Update

17 January 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.2% 7755.93
FTSE 250 0.2% 20877.30
Euro Stoxx 600 0.1% 398.35
S&P 500 -0.4% 2776.42
Nikkei -0.3% 23868.34
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.2% 31854.96


Asian stocks pulled back from record highs as materials, energy and healthcare stocks weighed on the main indexes.


US stocks closed lower with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing just below recent highs.The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite were also lower.


UK stocks closed lower with the FTSE 100 falling 0.2%. Shares in Greggs ended 2.4% higher after reporting a 7.4% jump in total sales last year. The bakery chain opened 90 new stores in 2017, while its existing stores enjoyed the 17th consecutive quarter of sales growth.


  • India said it would cut back on planned additional borrowing for the current fiscal year, providing relief to the nation’s sovereign bond market battered by concerns about rising inflation and worsening public finances.
  • Bitcoin continues to wobble, trading near $11,000 a day after losing a quarter of its value as traders sought a floor for pricing amid growing concern regulators around the world will move ahead with new rules to restrict the burgeoning cryptocurrency industry.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,755.93-0.2%0.9%7.6%
FTSE 25020,877.300.2%0.7%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,260.08-0.1%0.9%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap6,036.770.0%2.1%14.9%
St. James's Place1,246.000.2%1.6%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600398.350.1%2.4%7.7%
DAX 3013,246.330.3%2.5%12.5%
CAC 405,513.820.1%3.8%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,776.42-0.4%3.8%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind25,792.860.0%4.3%25.1%
Hang Seng31,854.96-0.2%6.5%38.5%
Nikkei 22523,868.34-0.3%4.8%19.1%
Australia 2006,015.81-0.5%-0.8%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific182.830.4%5.2%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,188.39-0.3%4.0%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)534.41-0.2%4.2%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,217.870.6%5.1%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value232.68-0.1%3.9%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth289.14-0.2%4.5%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,561.650.1%-0.8%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks641.64-0.1%-0.9%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds400.980.2%0.0%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds381.710.0%1.1%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil69.15-1.6%3.4%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,577.26-1.7%4.1%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services22,075.620.0%-1.3%13.6%
Health Care9,361.92-0.3%-1.6%-3.7%
Oil & Gas9,226.74-1.5%1.8%6.0%
$ per £1.380.3%2.2%9.5%
€ per £1.130.0%-0.1%-4.0%
¥ per £152.510.0%0.2%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)11.6614.8%5.6%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,221.00-3.4%-10.6%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.52%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index4.10%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E20.99
FTSE All Share Adj P/E20.37
FTSE All Share Yld3.77%
15yr Gilt Yield1.59%
10yr Gilt Yield1.30%
10yr US Tres Yield2.54%

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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