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Investment Market Update

27 February 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.4% 7243.70
FTSE 250 -0.3% 18588.64
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.8% 370.01
S&P 500 0.1% 2367.34
Nikkei -0.9% 19107.47
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.4% 23870.93


Investors in Asian equities opted to shun risk ahead of a speech by US President Donald Trump that may provide clues on his plans to cut taxes.


US equities advanced amid gains in utilities and phone stocks and a last-minute surge that saw the Dow Jones adding 77 points in the final hour of trading.


UK stocks declined as Royal Bank of Scotland led the market lower after it reported its ninth straight year of losses. Shares in the bank fell after they announced a £7 billion loss for 2016. Pearson shares staged a recovery late in the session to close 1.7% higher for the day.


  • The pound fell once again against all of its major peers after a report said that the government was preparing for Scotland to potentially call for an independence referendum in March.
  • UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s government is setting aside time for a Parliamentary battle to overturn changes she fears could be made to her draft Brexit law when it’s debated in the House of Lords this week.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,243.70-0.40%1.40%14.43%
FTSE 25018,588.64-0.30%2.80%3.71%
FTSE All Share3,939.17-0.40%1.70%12.45%
FTSE Small Cap5,310.19-0.30%3.20%10.97%
St. James's Place1,085.00-0.20%7.00%3.85%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600370.01-0.80%2.40%-1.20%
DAX 3011,804.03-1.20%2.80%7.02%
CAC 404,845.24-0.90%-0.40%4.86%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,367.340.10%5.70%9.54%
Dow Jones Ind20,821.760.10%5.40%13.42%
Hang Seng23,870.93-0.40%8.50%0.39%
Nikkei 22519,107.47-0.90%0.00%1.84%
Australia 2005,724.18-0.30%1.00%6.98%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific145.816-0.50%8.00%2.34%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,840.80-0.20%5.10%5.32%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)445.322-0.30%5.60%5.63%
MSCI Emerging Markets943.515-0.90%9.40%8.58%
MSCI AC World Value202.251-0.40%4.10%9.50%
MSCI AC World Growth231.101-0.20%7.20%1.81%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,558.220.70%1.00%8.51%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks641.871.00%0.80%21.23%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds386.6010.60%1.40%10.75%
ML Global High Yield Bonds352.1030.00%2.80%15.01%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil55.99-1.00%-2.60%23.39%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,495.72-1.80%8.80%93.91%
Consumer Goods and Services21,364.170.20%8.50%9.56%
Health Care10,260.02-0.20%3.90%5.83%
Oil & Gas7,756.66-0.80%-9.30%54.21%
$ per £1.24-1.30%0.50%-16.25%
€ per £1.18-0.50%0.60%-15.73%
¥ per £139.2-1.70%-3.70%-22.69%
VIX Index (Volatility)11.931.90%-15.00%-22.90%
Baltic Dry Index8560.00%-10.90%101.05%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.00%
Consumer Price Index1.80%
Retail Price Index2.60%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E27.44928
FTSE All Share Adj P/E25.11504
FTSE All Share Yld3.83%
15yr Gilt Yield1.59%
10yr Gilt Yield1.15%
10yr US Tres Yield2.38%

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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