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Investment Market Update

30 March 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.4% 7373.72
FTSE 250 0.1% 18978.65
Euro Stoxx 600 0.3% 378.53
S&P 500 0.1% 2361.13
Nikkei -0.8% 19055.96
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.4% 24301.72


Shares across Asia's major markets have turned slightly lower on Thursday with little inspirations coming from the US or Europe. All eyes were on Toshiba after its US nuclear subsidiary Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy protection. The goal is to shield Toshiba from the hefty losses in the US and investors certainly liked the move. Toshiba shares were higher by 3.3%.


US markets were mixed as the Dow Jones fell but the S&P ended the day up. Sentiment was said to be influenced by uncertainty over government tax reforms, the pace of US interest rate rises and the formal start of the UK's Brexit process. 


UK stocks ended up, as Sterling gained modest ground against the euro on Wednesday, as the UK formally announced the start of its process to leave the European Union.


  • Two Federal Reserve policy makers discussed the possible need for a faster pace of interest-rate increases than currently mapped out by the US central bank, as the economy progresses toward goals for full employment and 2% inflation.
  • Oil climbed to $52.42 a barrel, after surging 2.1% as a bigger-than-forecast decline in US gasoline stockpiles countered an expansion of crude production to the highest level in more than a year.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,373.720.4%3.2%14.4%
FTSE 25018,978.650.1%5.0%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,011.800.4%3.6%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,405.730.3%5.1%11.0%
St. James's Place1,061.000.5%4.6%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600378.530.3%4.7%-1.2%
DAX 3012,203.000.4%6.3%7.0%
CAC 405,069.040.5%4.3%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,361.130.1%5.5%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind20,659.32-0.2%4.5%13.4%
Hang Seng24,301.72-0.4%10.5%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,055.96-0.8%-0.3%1.8%
Australia 2005,896.200.4%4.1%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific148.89-0.1%10.3%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,856.77-0.1%6.0%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)450.22-0.1%6.7%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets971.860.2%12.7%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value203.11-0.2%4.5%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth235.250.1%9.1%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,566.970.3%1.2%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks641.90-0.2%0.8%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds387.640.2%1.7%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds352.360.1%2.9%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil52.422.1%-9.7%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,362.780.9%6.2%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,095.300.6%12.3%9.6%
Health Care10,577.390.2%7.1%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,957.461.2%-6.9%54.2%
$ per £1.24-0.1%0.5%-16.3%
€ per £1.15-0.6%-2.2%-15.7%
¥ per £137.860.0%-4.6%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)11.42-1.0%-18.7%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,338.000.4%39.2%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.34%
Consumer Price Index2.30%
Retail Price Index3.20%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E26.85
FTSE All Share Adj P/E24.87
FTSE All Share Yld3.84%
15yr Gilt Yield1.51%
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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