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Investment Market Update

23 January 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.1% 7198.44
FTSE 250 -0.4% 18150.84
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.1% 362.58
S&P 500 0.3% 2271.31
Nikkei -1.3% 18891.03
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.0% 22882.40


Japanese stocks fell for the first time in four days as the shift by investors into haven assets drove up the yen for a second day after Donald Trump was sworn in as US president.


US stocks rose as an increase in crude oil spurred gains in energy companies. The benchmark index closed higher as President Donald Trump delivered his inauguration address. 


UK stocks closed lower as investors mulled a weak set of UK retail sales data. Pharma stocks slipped on remarks from Mr Trump about pricing practices, with AstraZeneca lower at 3.4%.


  • Prime Minister Theresa May’s path to leave the European Union just got a little bit more complicated. The Socialist party, already struggling in France, Italy and the Netherlands, lost control of the European Parliament, which must approve any Brexit deal. 
  • US President Donald Trump’s pledge to make America independent from OPEC isn’t a new refrain in Washington. His “America First Energy Plan” posted on the White House website Friday doesn’t just echo his own campaign pledges but also President George W. Bush’s vow to cut imports from the Middle East when he famously said the nation was “addicted to oil.” Shipments from OPEC rose more than 10% during Bush’s time in office.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,198.44-0.1%0.8%14.4%
FTSE 25018,150.84-0.4%0.4%3.7%
FTSE All Share3,902.70-0.2%0.8%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,243.320.1%1.9%11.0%
St. James's Place1,060.000.7%4.5%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600362.58-0.1%0.3%-1.2%
DAX 3011,630.130.3%1.3%7.0%
CAC 404,850.670.2%-0.2%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,271.310.3%1.5%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind19,827.250.5%0.3%13.4%
Hang Seng22,882.400.0%4.0%0.4%
Nikkei 22518,891.03-1.3%-1.2%1.8%
Australia 2005,610.97-0.8%-1.0%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific139.650.0%3.4%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,782.710.4%1.8%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)430.220.3%2.0%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets893.28-0.1%3.6%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value196.780.4%1.2%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth221.640.2%2.8%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,454.70-0.2%-2.0%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks619.16-0.7%-2.8%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds377.13-0.2%-1.1%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds346.700.1%1.2%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil55.492.5%-2.3%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,550.730.1%9.9%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services20,057.85-0.1%1.9%9.6%
Health Care9,643.36-1.6%-2.4%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,423.420.4%-1.5%54.2%
$ per £1.250.7%1.0%-16.3%
€ per £1.160.3%-1.1%-15.7%
¥ per £141.26-0.3%-2.2%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)11.54-9.7%-17.8%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index925.00-1.8%-3.7%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.36%
Consumer Price Index1.60%
Retail Price Index2.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E27.58
FTSE All Share Adj P/E24.73
FTSE All Share Yld3.89%
15yr Gilt Yield1.80%
10yr Gilt Yield1.43%
10yr US Tres Yield2.47%

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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