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Investment Market Update

22 May 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.5% 7470.71
FTSE 250 0.6% 19812.80
Euro Stoxx 600 0.6% 391.51
S&P 500 0.7% 2381.73
Nikkei 0.4% 19677.11
Hang Seng (HK$) 1.0% 25429.64


Asian stocks posted their biggest daily rise in a month following gains in US shares.


US stocks increased following a rise in oil prices and strong corporate earnings.


UK stocks recorded its fourth straight week of gains having recovered some of the ground lost in the past two days.


  • Scottish Power has won the right to build two offshore wind farms in the US which it says could eventually power 400,000 homes. The two sites combined are more than double the size of the energy giant's operations in the UK. The two farms will be off the coast of Massachusetts and North Carolina, and are expected to start generating power by 2022 and 2025 respectively.
  • Asia-Pacific trade ministers have agreed to resuscitate the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, despite US President Donald Trump abandoning it. Mr Trump signalled in January he would block the passage of the 12-nation pact in order to protect American jobs. Trade ministers from the 11 remaining countries have met in Vietnam to get the deal back on track.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,470.710.5%4.6%14.4%
FTSE 25019,812.800.6%9.6%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,087.600.5%5.5%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,597.000.4%8.8%11.0%
St. James's Place1,169.000.1%17.6%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600391.510.6%8.3%-1.2%
DAX 3012,638.690.4%10.1%7.0%
CAC 405,324.400.7%9.5%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,381.730.7%6.4%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind20,804.840.7%5.3%13.4%
Hang Seng25,429.641.0%15.6%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,677.110.4%2.9%1.8%
Australia 2005,770.100.7%1.8%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific150.790.1%11.7%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,894.770.7%8.2%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)459.640.7%9.0%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets995.670.7%15.5%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value203.800.8%4.8%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth244.360.7%13.3%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,592.85-0.1%1.9%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks657.930.3%3.3%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds393.94-0.1%3.3%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds361.310.3%5.5%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil53.612.1%-8.7%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,203.461.4%3.0%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,490.940.4%14.3%9.6%
Health Care10,713.050.4%8.5%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,944.180.5%-7.1%54.2%
$ per £1.30-0.3%5.3%-16.3%
€ per £1.170.4%-0.4%-15.7%
¥ per £144.20-0.6%-0.2%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)12.04-17.9%-14.2%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index956.00-0.1%-0.5%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/E25.14
FTSE All Share Adj P/E23.74
FTSE All Share Yld3.80%
15yr Gilt Yield1.47%
10yr Gilt Yield1.09%
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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