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Investment Market Update

27 December 2017

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.2% 7592.66
FTSE 250 0.3% 20481.07
Euro Stoxx 600 0.0% 390.28
S&P 500 -0.1% 2680.50
Nikkei 0.1% 22911.21
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.1% 29552.05


Asian stocks were mixed in trading thinned by a holiday shortened week. Oil prices breached $60 a barrel for the first time since 2015 after a pipeline blast in Libya.


US stocks closed flat on Friday, with gains in financial stocks offsetting losses in Nike and technology shares. The top loser is Nike, down 4.2% on the news that its quarterly sales fell short of analyst estimates in the US, despite the fact it beat estimates on sales abroad in Europe and China.


UK stocks in the main index closed lower on Friday with the FTSE 100 down 0.2%. Next shares were the biggest riser up 2.8%. Drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline led the fallers with its share price down 1.26%.


  • Americans displayed their buying bona fides in the final run-up to Christmas, turning out in force to produce what may be the best holiday shopping season in years.
  • Apple Inc. looks like it’s having a not-so Merry Christmas. Analysts lowered iPhone X shipment projections for the first quarter of next year, citing signs of lackluster demand at the end of the holiday shopping season, and the company’s shares fell along with those of some suppliers.

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,592.660.0%6.3%14.4%
FTSE 25020,481.070.0%13.3%3.7%
FTSE All Share4,170.210.0%7.7%12.5%
FTSE Small Cap5,848.240.0%13.7%11.0%
St. James's Place1,202.000.0%18.5%3.9%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600390.280.0%8.0%-1.2%
DAX 3013,072.790.0%13.9%7.0%
CAC 405,364.720.0%10.3%4.9%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,680.50-0.1%19.7%9.5%
Dow Jones Ind24,746.210.0%25.2%13.4%
Hang Seng29,552.05-0.1%34.3%0.4%
Nikkei 22522,911.210.1%19.9%1.8%
Australia 2006,069.870.0%7.1%7.0%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific172.25-0.2%27.6%2.3%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,099.310.0%19.9%5.3%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)511.10-0.1%21.2%5.6%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,138.63-0.2%32.1%8.6%
MSCI AC World Value223.210.0%14.8%9.5%
MSCI AC World Growth275.71-0.1%27.9%1.8%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,566.930.0%1.2%8.5%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks643.830.0%1.1%21.2%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds398.890.0%4.6%10.7%
ML Global High Yield Bonds376.090.1%9.8%15.0%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil67.022.7%14.3%23.4%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,080.770.0%20.4%93.9%
Consumer Goods and Services22,148.340.0%12.5%9.6%
Health Care9,331.830.0%-5.5%5.8%
Oil & Gas8,950.420.0%4.7%54.2%
$ per £1.34-0.1%8.3%-16.3%
€ per £1.130.3%-3.6%-15.7%
¥ per £151.38-0.1%4.8%-22.7%
VIX Index (Volatility)10.253.5%-27.0%-22.9%
Baltic Dry Index1,366.000.0%#N/A101.1%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.00%
Consumer Price Index3.10%
Retail Price Index3.90%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E20.58
FTSE All Share Adj P/E19.97
FTSE All Share Yld3.69%
15yr Gilt Yield1.56%
10yr Gilt Yield1.24%
10yr US Tres Yield2.48%

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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