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Investment Market Update

23 May 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 0.3% 7496.34
FTSE 250 0.5% 19912.55
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.1% 391.14
S&P 500 0.5% 2394.02
Nikkei -0.3% 19619.89
Hang Seng (HK$) 0.1% 25425.15


Asian stocks were mixed, after a strong overnight lead from Wall Street was reversed by an explosion in Manchester, England, that killed at least 22 people.


US stocks advanced for a third day, as President Donald Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia netted deals that lifted industrial shares and crude pushed to a one-month high before OPEC meets this week.


UK stocks rose, getting a boost from a weaker pound after an election poll showed support for Theresa May’s Conservative Party weakening ahead of the June 8 election.


  • The government-commissioned inquiry into controversial working practices is set to call for employees on zero-hours contracts to be given the right to request a move onto fixed hours.
  • Greece has failed to secure a deal to unlock the next instalment of its multi-billion-dollar bailout after talks with eurozone finance ministers broke down.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,496.340.3%4.9%14.4%
FTSE 25019,912.550.5%10.2%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,102.890.4%5.9%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,623.310.5%9.3%11.0%
St. James's Place1,165.00-0.3%17.2%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600391.14-0.1%8.2%-1.2%
DAX 3012,619.46-0.2%9.9%7.0%
CAC 405,322.880.0%9.5%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,394.020.5%6.9%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind20,894.830.4%5.7%13.4%
Hang Seng25,425.150.1%15.6%0.4%
Nikkei 22519,619.89-0.3%2.6%1.8%
Australia 2005,755.60-0.3%1.6%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific152.301.0%12.8%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)1,904.920.5%8.8%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)462.240.6%9.6%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,003.660.8%16.4%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value204.700.4%5.3%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth246.030.7%14.1%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,593.180.0%1.9%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks658.730.1%3.5%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds394.190.1%3.4%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds361.910.2%5.7%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil53.870.5%-8.2%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials5,229.740.5%3.5%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,682.010.8%15.2%9.6%
Health Care10,698.13-0.1%8.3%5.8%
Oil & Gas7,933.14-0.1%-7.2%54.2%
$ per £1.300.2%5.6%-16.3%
€ per £1.160.4%-0.8%-15.7%
¥ per £145.010.3%0.4%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.93-9.2%-22.2%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index954.00-0.2%-0.7%101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.25%
LIBOR (3 months)0.30%
Consumer Price Index2.70%
Retail Price Index3.50%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E25.21
FTSE All Share Adj P/E23.81
FTSE All Share Yld3.79%
15yr Gilt Yield1.47%
10yr Gilt Yield1.09%
10yr US Tres Yield2.25%

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.


Bricknell Wealth Management

Gary Bricknell DipPFS Cert CII (MP)

Principal of Bricknell Wealth Management

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

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