Investment Market Update
Asian stocks gained as raw-material and energy producers rallied after gains in oil and commodity prices signaled an improving outlook for the global economy.
US stocks were mixed after the S&P 500 and the tech-based Nasdaq closed lower, ending a busy week of earnings results. Shares in online retail giant Amazon fell 2.6% after it surprised investors by reporting lower-than-expected profits.
UK stocks closed lower as telecoms group BT fell 1.8% after it took a £225m charge related to its Italian accounting scandal.
- HSBC has reported a 5% rise in profits in the first half of 2017. Europe's biggest bank reported a pre-tax profit of $10.2bn for the first six months, up by about $500m. As widely expected, the bank has also announced a share buyback of up to $2bn which it expects to complete by the end of 2017.
- BT has offered to provide the infrastructure for 99% of premises in the UK to get broadband speeds of at least 10 megabits per second by 2020. If accepted, it would mean government-proposed rules, allowing those living in remote areas to demand broadband, were unnecessary. BT says it would invest up to £600m and coverage would be universal by 2022.
|FTSE All Share||4,042.02||-0.9%||4.4%||12.5%|
|FTSE Small Cap||5,671.44||0.0%||10.3%||11.0%|
|St. James's Place||1,211.00||-1.3%||21.8%||3.9%|
|Euro Stoxx 600||378.34||-1.0%||4.7%||-1.2%|
|Dow Jones Ind||21,830.31||0.2%||10.5%||13.4%|
|MSCI AC Asia Pacific||159.72||-0.4%||18.3%||2.3%|
|MSCI World (Developed)||1,960.32||-0.2%||11.9%||5.3%|
|MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)||477.25||-0.2%||13.1%||5.6%|
|MSCI Emerging Markets||1,062.97||-0.6%||23.3%||8.6%|
|MSCI AC World Value||211.15||-0.2%||8.6%||9.5%|
|MSCI AC World Growth||254.27||-0.3%||17.9%||1.8%|
|FTSE Gilts All Stocks||3,548.15||-0.1%||0.7%||8.5%|
|FTSE Index Linked All Stocks||623.12||-0.3%||-2.1%||21.2%|
|ML Sterling Corporate Bonds||394.86||-0.1%||3.6%||10.7%|
|ML Global High Yield Bonds||369.87||0.1%||8.0%||15.0%|
|Brent Crude Oil||52.52||2.0%||-10.7%||23.4%|
|Consumer Goods and Services||21,940.30||-2.6%||11.5%||9.6%|
|Oil & Gas||7,715.18||0.5%||-9.7%||54.2%|
|$ per £||1.31||-0.5%||5.9%||-16.3%|
|€ per £||1.12||0.2%||-4.5%||-15.7%|
|¥ per £||145.47||0.1%||0.7%||-22.7%|
|VIX Index (Volatility)||10.29||1.8%||-26.7%||-22.9%|
|Baltic Dry Index||933.00||-1.0%||-2.9%||101.1%|
|BoE Base Rate||0.25%|
|LIBOR (3 months)||0.29%|
|Consumer Price Index||2.60%|
|Retail Price Index||3.50%|
|Yields / Ratios|
|FTSE 100 Adj P/E||23.61|
|FTSE All Share Adj P/E||22.51|
|FTSE All Share Yld||3.79%|
|15yr Gilt Yield||1.59%|
|10yr Gilt Yield||1.22%|
|10yr US Tres Yield||2.29%|
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