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The FTSE 100 Index


Index of the Largest 100 Stocks on the Stock Exchange of London

The FTSE is the British index also in an informal way –footsie- or also known as FTSE 100. It represents the rate of the shares of the first 100 capitalized companies of the United Kingdom, all currently existing on the Stock Exchange of London. The index started to be used on January, 1984 with a number base of 1000. FTSE 100 Stock Index As far as statistics are concerned the highest value was reached on 1999, at the end December with a value of about 7000. According to latest statistics in 2008, the market value and capital of the FTSE 100 was about 1200 billion British pounds. It is the most vastly utilized among the group of index represented by FTSE. There are, in fact, different types of indices:
FTSE 100 represents companies of around 80% of the market value of the London Stock Exchange. It is the most used indication of the trading situation.
The FTSE 250 is a list of the most important 250 companies and the
FTSE 350 is the sum of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250.
The All-Share index is the aggregation of the FTSE small cap, FTSE 100 and FTSE 250





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The index is continuously sustained by the FTSE Group which is a company completely independent, originated as by the Financial Times and the London Stock Exchange together united as a joint venture. It is usually updated every fifteen seconds, calculated and published in real time.
The partner companies are usually revised and decided quarterly; the biggest companies in the FTSE 250 index are promoted if their trading capitalization would put them in the first 90 companies of the FTSE 100 Index. The 5 largest companies belonging to the FTSE 100 index are the Vodafone Group, HSBC Holdings, British Petroleum, GlaxoSmithKline chemicals and the Royal Dutch Shell. They were valued more than 60 billion British Sterling.

The companies that are part of the FTSE must meet different requirements decided by the FTSE Group such as having a listing on the London Stock Exchange, with a Pound or Euro called price on SETS. They must also be able to meet some kind of tests about their liquidity, their nationality and free float. FTSE's index rules and procedures assure that indices are investable and readily trackable. The index has have clear rules that are publicly available and which govern index management in all foreseeable eventualities.


FTSE 100 Sectors Listing

by Constituent Weighting
Sector Weight
Financials 19.68%
Oil and Gas 19.58%
Basic Materials 14.50%
Consumer Goods 13.10%
Consumer Services 8.38%
Health Care 8.34%
Telecommunications 6.64%
Industrials 4.64%
Utilities 4.10%
Technology 1.02%
All FTSE index stocks are free float adjusted in accordance with established index rules. This is to reflect the real availability of a particular companies shares in the market for open trading. Each FTSE constituent is adjusted to account for restricted shareholdings and untradeable foreign ownership to create a real representation of the open market capitalization.

All FTSE indices are managed to ensure that sufficient liquidity is available in any listed stock. The FTSE 100 like all FTSE Indices established specific liquidity rules to assure the tradability of the indices by eliminating any instruments that are not readily available to buy and sell which results in narrower spreads which lowers trading costs.

According to historical decisions and by law, the companies in this index must include the acronym plc at the finishing line of their name. So they indicate their standing of the public limited company. Only few companies are excluded by these indications and some exceptions remains. The FTSE trading usually it is open from 8.00 in the morning to 4.29 in the afternoon.



Index tracking funds are an excellent vehicle to invest in the general markets. There are now a number of firms that offer these instruments that have been available to professional money managers for decades but now accessible to small investors.

Since most money managers very rarely beat the performance of the indexes over time the tracker funds offer good diversity and broad market exposure along with low operating costs. Most managed funds charge up to 5% up-front plus 1.5% to 2% of the fund's value yearly while an index fund has no up-front charges and only 0.25% to 1% annually.

Some of the trackers funds purchase shares in all the listed equities that represent the index while others attempt to track the index performance with complex financial devices that result in holding a variety of different companies with the intent to have equal performance with the index. This is the reason that there are slight variations in the different tracker funds performances but these variations are normally very small.

Based on past performance the trackers provide good value for their holders. On markets rise they are some of the best performers but in market downturns they do not perform quite as well against many of the managed funds that use hedges to offset large loses. Even in this case the indexes outperform most of the popular managed funds used by the majority of small investors.


Listing and Instant Quotes for all FTSE-100 Companies

Company Company
London Exchange Quote Yahoo Quote
III 3I GRP.
ABF A.B.FOOD
ADM ADMIRAL GRP
AGK AGGREKO
AMEC AMEC
AAL ANGLO AMERICAN
ANTO ANTOFAGASTA
ARM ARM HLDGS.
AZN ASTRAZENECA
AU. AUTONOMY
AV. AVIVA
BA. BAE SYS.
BARC BARCLAYS
BG. BG GRP.
BLT BHP BILLITON
BP. BP
BATS BR.AMER.TOB.
BLND BR.LAND
BSY BSKYB
BT.A BT GROUP
BRBY BURBERRY GRP
CNE CAIRN ENERGY
CPI CAPITA GROUP
CSCG CAPITAL SHOP
CCL CARNIVAL
CNA CENTRICA
CPG COMPASS GROUP
DGE DIAGEO
ESSR ESSAR ENERGY
ENRC EURASIAN
EXPN EXPERIAN
FRES FRESNILLO
GFS G4S
GKN GKN
GSK GLAXOSMITHKLINE
HMSO HAMMERSON
HL. HARGREAVES LANS
HSBA HSBC HLDGS.UK
IAP ICAP
IMI IMI
IMT IMP.TOBACCO GRP
ISAT INMARSAT
IHG INTERCON. HOTEL
ITRK INTERTEK GROUP
IAG INTL CONSOL AIR
IPR INTL POWER
ISYS INVENSYS
INVP INVESTEC
ITV ITV
JMAT JOHNSON,MATTH.
KAZ KAZAKHMYS
KGF KINGFISHER
LAND LAND SECS.
LGEN LEGAL&GEN.
LLOY LLOYDS GRP.
LMI LONMIN
EMG MAN GROUP
MKS MARKS & SP.
MRW MORRISON (WM)
NG. NATIONAL GRID
NXT NEXT
OML OLD MUTUAL
PSON PEARSON
PFC PETROFAC
PRU PRUDENTIAL
RRS RANDGOLD RES.
RDSA RDS 'A'
RDSB RDS 'B'
RB. RECKITT BEN. GP
REL REED ELSEVIER
RSL RESOLUTION
REX REXAM
RIO RIO TINTO
RR. ROLLS-ROYCE
RBS ROYAL BANK SCOT
RSA RSA INS.
SAB SABMILLER
SGE SAGE GRP.
SBRY SAINSBURY(J)
SDR SCHRODERS
SDRC SCHRODERS NV
SSE SCOT.&STH.ENRGY
SRP SERCO GRP.
SVT SEVERN TRENTa>
SHP SHIRE
SN. SMITH&NEPHEW
SMIN SMITHS GROUP
STAN STAND.CHART.
SL. STD LIFE
TSCO TESCO
TT. TUI TRAVEL
TLW TULLOW OIL
ULVR UNILEVER
UU. UTD. UTILITIES
VED VEDANTA
VOD VODAFONE GRP.
WEIR WEIR GRP.
WTB WHITBREAD
WOS WOLSELEY
WG. WOOD GRP(J)
WPP WPP
XTA XSTRATA