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Investment Market Update

27 January 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.0% 7161.49
FTSE 250 0.1% 18142.66
Euro Stoxx 600 0.2% 367.50
S&P 500 -0.1% 2296.68
Nikkei 0.3% 19467.40
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.1% 23360.78


Asian stocks drifted mostly higher Friday in quiet trading as traders and investors prepared for the start of the lunar new year holiday across much of the region.


US stocks were little changed, with benchmark indices trading around all-time highs, as investors watched corporate earnings and economic reports to gauge whether the latest rally is justified.


UK stocks were little changed on Thursday, as earning updates provided a mixed picture with Diageo performing strongly after positive sales data but Daily Mail and Unilever hit by disappointing numbers. 


  • Tesco has agreed to buy the UK’s biggest food wholesaler, Booker Group, in £3.7bn deal. The companies said the deal would create the "UK's leading food business". The joint announcement from the firms also said it would bring benefits for "consumers, independent retailers, caterers, small businesses, suppliers, and colleagues, as well as delivering significant value to shareholders".
  • Strong consumer spending helped the UK's economy to grow faster than expected at the end of last year. The economy grew by 0.6% in the October-to-December period, the same rate as in the previous two quarters, according to an initial estimate from the Office for National Statistics.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,161.490.0%0.3%14.4%
FTSE 25018,142.660.1%0.4%3.7%
FTSE All Share3,886.070.0%0.3%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,235.62-0.1%1.8%11.0%
St. James's Place1,073.00-1.8%5.8%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600367.500.2%1.7%-1.2%
DAX 3011,848.630.4%3.2%7.0%
CAC 404,867.24-0.2%0.1%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,296.68-0.1%2.6%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind20,100.910.2%1.7%13.4%
Hang Seng23,360.78-0.1%6.2%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,467.400.3%1.8%1.8%
Australia 2005,713.990.7%0.9%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific141.880.6%5.1%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,803.75-0.1%3.0%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)435.960.0%3.3%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets916.730.5%6.3%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value199.04-0.1%2.4%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth225.010.0%4.4%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,431.02-0.5%-2.7%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks623.18-0.2%-2.1%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds375.19-0.4%-1.6%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds348.05-0.1%1.6%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil56.242.1%-1.0%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,619.18-1.5%11.2%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services20,216.680.3%2.7%9.6%
Health Care9,580.690.5%-3.0%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,270.77-0.6%-3.2%54.2%
$ per £1.25-0.4%1.6%-16.3%
€ per £1.18-0.2%0.2%-15.7%
¥ per £144.400.1%-0.1%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.63-1.7%-24.3%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index840.00-2.6%-12.6%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.00%
Consumer Price Index1.60%
Retail Price Index2.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E27.26
FTSE All Share Adj P/E24.49
FTSE All Share Yld3.89%
15yr Gilt Yield1.89%
10yr Gilt Yield1.52%
10yr US Tres Yield2.50%

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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