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Investment Market Update

24 October 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.0% 7524.45
FTSE 250 -0.1% 20131.57
Euro Stoxx 600 0.2% 390.74
S&P 500 -0.4% 2564.98
Nikkei 0.5% 21800.76
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.4% 28179.65


Asian stocks were mixed as the Nikkei 225 finished at the highest point since 1996 and the Topix index advanced for a 12th day, its longest streak since November, as investors looked past the weekend election that delivered Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a convincing victory to an earnings season that Goldman Sachs Group Inc.


US stocks closed lower, with telecommunications, industrial and consumer stocks leading the losses. Shares in toymaker Hasbro fell by more than 8% after it warned that the bankruptcy of Toys R Us might hurt holiday sales.


UK stocks closed flat, as shares in Spire, the UK private hospital chain, jumped 15% after it rejected a bid from South Africa's Mediclinic.


  • Donald Trump is on the verge of making a decision that will shape a big part of his economic legacy as president. He has announced he will name the new chair of the US central bank "very shortly". It comes at a key time for the bank as it moves away from emergency interest rates and the huge stimulus package sparked by the financial crisis.
  • Google’s new flagship smartphones have been hit by complaints about the quality of the screen. Tech reviewers, who have had the device for about two weeks, noticed “burn in” on the display, while others noted “muddy” discolouration on the screen. Google’s new line, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, are its attempt to break into the smartphone market dominated by Apple and Samsung.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,524.450.0%5.3%14.4%
FTSE 25020,131.57-0.1%11.4%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,127.450.0%6.6%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,804.58-0.3%12.9%11.0%
St. James's Place1,170.00-0.5%19.3%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600390.740.2%8.1%-1.2%
DAX 3013,003.140.1%13.3%7.0%
CAC 405,386.810.3%10.8%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,564.98-0.4%14.6%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind23,273.96-0.2%17.8%13.4%
Hang Seng28,179.65-0.4%28.1%0.4%
Nikkei 22521,800.760.5%14.1%1.8%
Australia 2005,897.610.1%4.1%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific167.000.1%23.7%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,030.06-0.3%15.9%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)495.01-0.3%17.3%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,115.90-0.3%29.4%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value218.07-0.3%12.2%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth264.83-0.3%22.8%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,536.700.2%0.3%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks633.500.3%-0.5%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds394.970.2%3.6%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds376.230.0%9.8%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil57.37-0.7%-2.3%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,977.180.2%18.3%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services21,965.980.2%11.6%9.6%
Health Care9,905.02-0.3%0.3%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,494.920.1%-0.6%54.2%
$ per £1.32-0.1%6.9%-16.3%
€ per £1.12-0.4%-4.6%-15.7%
¥ per £149.73-0.2%3.6%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)11.0711.0%-21.2%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,586.000.5%65.0%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.39%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index3.90%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E22.34
FTSE All Share Adj P/E21.58
FTSE All Share Yld3.78%
15yr Gilt Yield1.66%
10yr Gilt Yield1.31%
10yr US Tres Yield2.37%

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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