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Investment Market Update

15 May 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.7% 7435.39
FTSE 250 -0.2% 19762.97
Euro Stoxx 600 0.3% 395.63
S&P 500 -0.1% 2390.90
Nikkei -0.1% 19858.57
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.5% 25294.36


Asian stocks were mixed as China's spending plans overshadowed data showing a slowdown in factory output and investment.


US stocks fell, with the S&P 500 Index heading for its first weekly drop in four, as April consumer prices and retail sales reports reinforced expectations for tepid economic growth. 


Most UK stocks rose, including the FTSE 100, which was boosted by a rise for AstraZeneca after it reported that a cancer drug trial showed promising results.


  • A cyber-attack that has hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a "wake-up call", Microsoft says. It blamed governments for storing data on software vulnerabilities which could then be accessed by hackers.
  • Budget airline AirAsia has signed a joint venture agreement to set up a new low-cost carrier in China. It wants to tap in to demand in the country, which is set to overtake the US to become the world's biggest aviation market within the next decade.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,435.390.7%4.1%14.4%
FTSE 25019,762.97-0.2%9.3%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,071.150.5%5.1%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,623.100.2%9.3%11.0%
St. James's Place1,180.001.2%18.7%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600395.630.3%9.5%-1.2%
DAX 3012,770.410.5%11.2%7.0%
CAC 405,405.420.4%11.2%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,390.90-0.1%6.8%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind20,896.61-0.1%5.7%13.4%
Hang Seng25,294.360.5%15.0%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,858.57-0.1%3.9%1.8%
Australia 2005,826.30-0.2%2.8%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific150.84-0.1%11.7%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,892.970.1%8.1%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)459.600.1%9.0%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,002.370.2%16.2%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value203.950.0%4.9%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth244.130.2%13.2%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,581.820.7%1.6%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks651.720.5%2.4%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds393.440.6%3.2%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds359.610.1%5.0%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil50.840.1%-13.4%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,015.81-0.7%-0.7%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,367.340.5%13.6%9.6%
Health Care10,758.993.7%8.9%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,932.550.4%-7.2%54.2%
$ per £1.29-0.1%4.3%-16.3%
€ per £1.180.5%1.0%-15.7%
¥ per £146.530.3%1.4%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.40-1.9%-25.9%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,014.000.2%5.5%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.31%
Consumer Price Index2.30%
Retail Price Index3.10%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E25.07
FTSE All Share Adj P/E23.73
FTSE All Share Yld3.80%
15yr Gilt Yield1.49%
10yr Gilt Yield1.09%
10yr US Tres Yield2.33%

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.


Matthew Newton Wealth Management Ltd

Matthew Newton

Director of Matthew Newton Wealth Management Ltd

Senior Partner Practice of St. James's Place Wealth Management

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