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Investment Market Update

19 May 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.9% 7436.42
FTSE 250 -0.4% 19691.64
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.5% 389.19
S&P 500 0.4% 2365.72
Nikkei 0.3% 19615.43
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.3% 25200.69


Asian stocks closed higher yesterday. Japan’s Topix rose even as the yen headed for its strongest week in a month. Shares in Hong Kong and South Korea also climbed.


US stocks recovered some ground yesterday after suffering their biggest fall in months amid growing concerns about the Trump presidency.


UK stocks closed lower after the political controversy in the US surrounding President Trump continued to hit investor confidence.


  • Brazil's Bovespa stock market was briefly halted as investors reacted to corruption allegations against Brazilian President Michel Temer. Stocks declined more than 10% at the start of trading, prompting circuit breakers to kick in and halt dealings. President Temer was forced to deny a newspaper report that he had given consent to paying off a witness in a huge corruption scandal.
  • The US plans to start talks with Mexico and Canada over Nafta "as soon as practicable", the Trump administration said on Thursday. The letter to congressional leaders provided formal notice of the administration's intent to move forward with a campaign pledge to redo the 1990s trade deal.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,436.42-0.9%4.1%14.4%
FTSE 25019,691.64-0.4%8.9%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,067.86-0.8%5.0%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,573.50-0.8%8.4%11.0%
St. James's Place1,168.001.1%17.5%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600389.19-0.5%7.7%-1.2%
DAX 3012,590.06-0.3%9.7%7.0%
CAC 405,289.73-0.5%8.8%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,365.720.4%5.7%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind20,663.020.3%4.6%13.4%
Hang Seng25,200.690.3%14.5%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,615.430.3%2.6%1.8%
Australia 2005,726.60-0.2%1.1%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific150.60-0.9%11.5%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,880.96-0.1%7.4%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)456.29-0.3%8.2%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets988.38-2.0%14.6%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value202.21-0.5%4.0%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth242.70-0.1%12.6%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,595.980.1%2.0%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks655.770.3%3.0%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds394.170.0%3.4%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds360.20-0.3%5.2%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil52.510.6%-10.5%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,129.67-0.3%1.5%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,391.84-1.2%13.8%9.6%
Health Care10,675.01-0.9%8.1%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,907.45-2.5%-7.5%54.2%
$ per £1.29-0.4%4.9%-16.3%
€ per £1.16-0.5%-1.0%-15.7%
¥ per £144.160.0%-0.2%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)14.66-6.0%4.4%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index957.00-0.3%-0.4%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.31%
Consumer Price Index2.70%
Retail Price Index3.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E24.96
FTSE All Share Adj P/E23.62
FTSE All Share Yld3.80%
15yr Gilt Yield1.45%
10yr Gilt Yield1.06%
10yr US Tres Yield2.23%

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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