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Investment Market Update

31 October 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.2% 7487.81
FTSE 250 0.3% 20213.25
Euro Stoxx 600 0.1% 393.91
S&P 500 -0.3% 2572.83
Nikkei 0.0% 22011.61
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.0% 28340.20


Asian stocks were mostly higher on Tuesday, shaking off downbeat factory readings out of China, although the Nikkei was flat, capped by weaker US shares and a stronger yen.


US stocks closed lower overnight, with profit-taking of last week's gains exacerbated by reports corporate tax-cuts will be phased in.


The FTSE 100 ended lower, as the pound strengthened against the dollar ahead of Thursday's Bank of England meeting where the central bank is expected to raise interest rates for the first time in more than a decade.


  • Philip Hammond, the chancellor, has warned his cabinet colleagues he will not break his fiscal rules to increase public spending in next month’s Budget. Despite heavy pressure for Mr Hammond to loosen austerity, the chancellor’s allies say he has “no room for manoeuvre” and he fears that investors, already worried by Brexit, will be spooked if he abandons a fiscal framework adopted only a year ago. 
  • Ryanair has said it still expects to make record annual profits this year, despite disruptions to its schedules that led it to cancel 20,000 flights. The airline said it made profits of €1.29bn in the six months to the end of September and forecast a full-year profit of up to €1.45bn.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,487.81-0.2%4.8%14.4%
FTSE 25020,213.250.3%11.8%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,114.94-0.1%6.2%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,835.520.0%13.5%11.0%
St. James's Place1,173.00-0.3%19.6%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600393.910.1%9.0%-1.2%
DAX 3013,229.570.1%15.2%7.0%
CAC 405,493.630.0%13.0%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,572.83-0.3%14.9%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind23,348.74-0.4%18.1%13.4%
Hang Seng28,340.200.0%28.8%0.4%
Nikkei 22522,011.610.0%15.2%1.8%
Australia 2005,909.02-0.2%4.3%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific168.130.5%24.5%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,034.590.0%16.2%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)495.960.1%17.6%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,115.530.5%29.4%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value217.30-0.1%11.8%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth266.730.2%23.7%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,528.510.2%0.1%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks627.580.5%-1.4%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds394.450.2%3.5%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds375.440.2%9.6%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil60.900.8%3.7%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,887.670.3%16.5%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,103.42-1.1%12.3%9.6%
Health Care9,500.850.7%-3.8%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,642.220.8%1.1%54.2%
$ per £1.31-0.5%6.4%-16.3%
€ per £1.13-0.3%-3.6%-15.7%
¥ per £149.230.0%3.3%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.507.1%-25.2%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,546.000.0%60.9%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.43%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index3.90%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E20.79
FTSE All Share Adj P/E20.35
FTSE All Share Yld3.79%
15yr Gilt Yield1.67%
10yr Gilt Yield1.33%
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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