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Investment Market Update

20 April 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.5% 7114.36
FTSE 250 0.6% 19417.76
Euro Stoxx 600 0.2% 377.24
S&P 500 -0.2% 2338.17
Nikkei 0.0% 18430.49
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.3% 23890.33


Asian stocks erased early losses and edged higher, as steadying commodity prices, especially crude oil, prompted some bargain hunting by investors.


US stocks ended the day lower as an early rally in financial companies reversed and as falling crude oil prices sent energy shares lower.


UK stocks fell, but sterling was steady as investors continued to digest the consequences of the UK's snap election call.


  • TalkTalk and BT have received the lowest customer satisfaction scores in a survey of 12 broadband providers. They scored 38% and 45% respectively with their customers, while Sky (48%) and EE (49%) came close behind them in the Which? survey of 1,800 people.
  • Britain's financial watchdog is to investigate the car finance market, with concerns about irresponsible lending. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is also raising concerns about a lack of transparency and potential conflicts of interest. The move follows a rapid surge in consumer credit led by car dealership finance.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,114.36-0.5%-0.4%14.4%
FTSE 25019,417.760.6%7.4%3.7%
FTSE All Share3,914.50-0.3%1.1%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,448.890.0%5.9%11.0%
St. James's Place1,058.00-0.3%6.4%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600377.240.2%4.4%-1.2%
DAX 3012,016.450.1%4.7%7.0%
CAC 405,003.730.3%2.9%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,338.17-0.2%4.4%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind20,404.49-0.6%3.2%13.4%
Hang Seng23,890.330.3%8.6%0.4%
Nikkei 22518,430.490.0%-3.6%1.8%
Australia 2005,821.400.3%2.7%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific145.51-0.5%7.7%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,835.04-0.1%4.8%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)444.57-0.2%5.4%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets952.92-0.5%10.5%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value199.18-0.3%2.5%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth233.910.0%8.5%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,604.10-0.2%2.3%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks663.77-0.4%4.2%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds390.16-0.2%2.3%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds354.960.1%3.6%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil52.93-3.6%-9.4%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,117.120.5%1.3%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services21,741.77-1.0%10.5%9.6%
Health Care9,964.54-0.1%0.9%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,551.92-2.0%-11.7%54.2%
$ per £1.28-0.1%3.5%-16.3%
€ per £0.840.1%-1.7%-15.7%
¥ per £0.720.5%4.3%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)14.933.5%6.3%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,278.00-1.2%33.0%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.34%
Consumer Price Index2.30%
Retail Price Index3.10%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E25.94
FTSE All Share Adj P/E24.26
FTSE All Share Yld3.94%
15yr Gilt Yield1.42%
10yr Gilt Yield1.07%
10yr US Tres Yield2.21%

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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