FTSE 100

FTSE 100

The FTSE 100 (Financial Times Stock Exchange)  most commonly known as, the “Footsie”.

It’s an index made up of shares from the 100 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange with the highest market capitalisation.

FTSE 100 index

(FTSE 100 chart on Tradingview)

The FTSE 100 index began on 3 January 1984 at the base level of 1000, it’s highest closing value was reached on 22nd May 2018 when it reached 7,877.45

The FTSE 100 index is made up of the largest 100 companies who qualify in terms of the market value of the company.

Some of the companies listed in FTSE 100 index include;

  • Aviva
  • BP
  • Barclays
  • Centrica
  • HSBC
  • ITV
  • Just Eat
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • Sky
  • Tesco

Many of the companies are internationally focused, so unlike the FTSE 250, many of the index’s movements are not a strong indicator of the health of the UK economy, many of the companies profits are in other currencies like the US Dollar and not the GBP, so whenever the GBP is weak the FTSE 100 will usually move higher.

Continuous trading on the London Stock Exchange starts at 08:00 and ends at 16:30.


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