The FTSE 100 is the index, or list, of the leading UK companies based on share value. Although it started out as the Financial Times – Stock Exchange list the FTSE is now an entity in its own right and not a part of either the Financial Times or the London Stock Exchange.
The FTSE 100 companies represent around 81% of all UK share market. The index is updated in real time now with updates every 15 seconds.
In addition to the FTSE100 is the FTSE250 which lists companies that are ranked from 101 to 350, and also the FTSE350 which is the FTSE100 and FTSE250 combined.
The companies that are included in the FTSE100 are chosen every quarter. For a company to move from the FTSE250 up into the FTSE100 it needs to show that its market capitalisation puts it in the top 90 UK companies – if it is ranked 95th in the UK for that quarter it remains in the FTSE250.
All companies in the FTSE100 must be Plc (public limited companies). Limited companies are not allowed to enter the FTSE100.
100 Companies in the FTSE100
Currently there are 102 listings in the FTSE100 as both Royal Dutch Shell and Schroders have 2 listings each (for ADR shares).
Here is the current (April 2013) FTSE100:
Previous FTSE 100 Stocks
We only list the past FTSE 100 companies which we have an information page for:
Popular UK Stocks
- BHP Billiton – Mining stocks
- Royal Dutch Shell – Oil and gas stock
- HSBC – Financial services
- Vodafone Group – Telecommunications / Tech Stock
- BP – Oil and gas stock
- Rio Tinto Group – Mining stocks
- GlaxoSmithKline – Pharmaceuticals
- Unilever – Consumer goods
- British American Tobacco – Tobacco shares
- BG Group – Oil and gas stocks
Half of the UK’s top 10 stocks are mining / oil and gas. Considering that many people feel that the UK mining industry has been dead since the mining closures of the 1980’s we have a lot of capital in these industries still.
We shall be keeping a close eye on these 100 companies and also watching to see which ones move up from the FTSE250. This will form the main focus for Shareholders Portal, although we will also be commentating on global shares with an emphasis on the exciting but volatile tech stocks.
- www.ftse.com – “FTSE helps investors worldwide make informed investment decisions and benchmark the performance of their investments.”