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Investment Market Update

31 January 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -1.1% 7587.98
FTSE 250 -1.0% 20370.93
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.9% 396.12
S&P 500 -1.1% 2822.43
Nikkei -0.8% 23098.29
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.3% 32720.46


Asian stocks pulled further back from record highs on Wednesday as the recent rise in global bond yields weighed on equities.


US stocks fell for a second straight day on Tuesday, with the Dow registering its biggest two-day drop since September 2016, pressured by healthcare stocks and rising bond yields. 


UK stocks were down as a stock market sell off strengthened throughout the day and volatility spiked amid fears over the bond market. The FTSE 100 hit a five week low, dragged lower by financials and commodities.


  • Car manufacturing in the UK fell last year for the first time since 2009. According to new figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 1.67 million cars left UK factories in 2017, a decline of 3% compared with the year before. The SMMT says lower demand from UK consumers was the main reason for the fall, although exports also dipped.
  • The eurozone's economy grew at its fastest pace for a decade in 2017, according to official figures.The economy of the 19 nation bloc grew by 2.5% last year, according to Eurostat, the strongest growth since the 3% rate seen in 2007. Eurostat also said that the eurozone grew by 0.6% in the final three months of 2017.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,587.98-1.1%-1.3%7.6%
FTSE 25020,370.93-1.0%-1.7%14.7%
FTSE All Share4,165.08-1.1%-1.3%9.0%
FTSE Small Cap5,870.27-1.2%-0.7%14.9%
St. James's Place1,202.00-0.9%-2.0%20.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600396.12-0.9%1.8%7.7%
DAX 3013,197.71-1.0%2.2%12.5%
CAC 405,473.78-0.9%3.0%9.3%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,822.43-1.1%5.6%19.4%
Dow Jones Ind26,076.89-1.4%5.5%25.1%
Hang Seng32,720.460.3%9.4%38.5%
Nikkei 22523,098.29-0.8%1.5%19.1%
Australia 2006,037.680.2%-0.5%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific184.57-1.3%6.2%28.7%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,214.11-0.9%5.3%20.1%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)541.50-1.0%5.5%21.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,247.63-1.6%7.7%34.2%
MSCI AC World Value234.86-1.1%4.8%15.2%
MSCI AC World Growth294.08-0.9%6.2%28.3%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,525.58-0.1%-1.8%3.0%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks634.23-0.1%-2.1%2.3%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds398.95-0.1%-0.5%5.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds382.06-0.1%1.2%9.7%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil69.02-0.6%3.2%14.5%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,454.27-1.7%2.2%25.0%
Consumer Goods and Services21,433.57-0.4%-4.1%13.6%
Health Care9,275.40-1.1%-2.5%-3.7%
Oil & Gas8,999.02-1.7%-0.7%6.0%
$ per £1.41-0.5%4.1%9.5%
€ per £1.14-0.3%1.0%-4.0%
¥ per £153.49-0.3%0.8%5.3%
VIX Index (Volatility)14.796.9%34.0%-21.4%
Baltic Dry Index1,191.00-1.9%-12.8%42.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.53%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index4.10%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E20.42
FTSE All Share Adj P/E19.82
FTSE All Share Yld3.83%
15yr Gilt Yield1.71%
10yr Gilt Yield1.46%
10yr US Tres Yield2.72%

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 2018. "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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