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The FTSE 100 Index (pronounced footsie) is a share index of the 100 most highly capitalized companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, begun on January 3, 1984. The index was developed with a base level of 1000 on that date. Component companies must meet a number of requirements set out by the FTSE Group, including having a full listing on the London Stock Exchange with a Sterling or Euro dominated price on SETS, and meeting certain tests on nationality, free float, and liquidity. Trading lasts from 0800-1629 (when the closing auction starts), and closing values are taken at 1635. The highest value of the index to date was 6950.6, set on December 30, 1999.

The index is seen as a barometer of success of the British economy and is the leading share index in Europe. It is maintained by the FTSE Group, a now independent company which originated as a joint venture between the Financial Times and the London Stock Exchange (hence the abbreviation Financial Times Stock Exchange). According to the FTSE Group's website the FTSE 100 companies represent about 80% of the UK share market.

Related indices are the FTSE 250 Index (which lists the next largest 250 companies), FTSE SmallCap, FTSE Fledgling, the FTSE 350 Index (which is the aggregation of the FTSE 100 and 250), and the FTSE All-Share Index (which aggregates the FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and FTSE SmallCap).

The constituents of the index are determined quarterly; the largest companies in the FTSE 250 Index are promoted if their market capitalisation would place them in the top 90 firms of the FTSE 100 Index. As of 2006, the threshold for inclusion is about 2.9 billion pounds [1]. As of 31 December 2005 the 6 largest constituents of the index were BP, Royal Dutch Shell, HSBC Holdings, the Vodafone Group, the Royal Bank of Scotland Group and GlaxoSmithKline, which were each valued at more than £50 billion.

Most of the companies listed on this index usually include the abbreviation plc at the end of their name, indicating their status of public limited company.


[edit] List of FTSE 100 companies

This Reflects the Demerger of GUS on 11 October 2006. GUS was replaced on the list by Experian. PartyGaming was moved to the FTSE 250. Home Retail (formerly of GUS) was added. [2]

There are 100 companies in the index, but a total of 101 listings as two classes of shares are included for Royal Dutch Shell.

  1. 3i
  2. Alliance & Leicester
  3. Alliance Boots
  5. Anglo American
  6. Antofagasta
  7. Associated British Foods
  8. AstraZeneca
  9. Aviva
  10. BAE Systems
  11. Bank of Cyprus Public Company Ltd.
  12. Barclays Bank
  13. BG Group
  14. BHP Billiton
  15. BP
  16. Bradford & Bingley
  17. Brambles Industries
  18. British Airways
  19. British American Tobacco
  20. British Energy Group
  21. British Land Company
  22. British Sky Broadcasting Group
  23. BT Group
  24. Cadbury Schweppes
  25. Cairn Energy
  26. Capita Group
  27. Carnival
  28. Centrica
  29. Compass Group
  30. Corus Group
  31. Diageo
  32. Drax Group
  33. DSG International
  34. Enterprise Inns
  35. Experian
  36. Friends Provident
  37. Gallaher Group
  38. GlaxoSmithKline
  39. Hammerson
  40. Hanson
  41. HBOS
  42. Home Retail Group
  43. HSBC
  44. ICAP
  45. Imperial Chemical Industries
  46. Imperial Tobacco
  47. InterContinental Hotels Group
  48. International Power
  49. ITV
  50. J Sainsbury
  51. Johnson Matthey
  52. Kazakhmys
  53. Kelda Group
  54. Kingfisher
  55. Land Securities Group
  56. Legal & General
  57. Liberty International
  58. Lloyds TSB
  59. Lonmin
  60. Man Group
  61. Marks and Spencer
  62. Wm Morrison Supermarkets
  63. National Grid
  64. Next
  65. Northern Rock
  66. Old Mutual
  67. Pearson
  68. Persimmon
  69. Prudential
  70. Reckitt Benckiser
  71. Reed Elsevier
  72. Resolution
  73. Reuters Group
  74. Rexam
  75. Rio Tinto Group
  76. Rolls-Royce Group
  77. Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance
  78. Royal Bank of Scotland Group
  79. Royal Dutch Shell
  80. SABMiller
  81. Sage Group
  82. Scottish & Newcastle
  83. Scottish & Southern Energy
  84. Scottish Power
  85. Severn Trent
  86. Shire Pharmaceuticals Group
  87. Slough Estates
  88. Smith & Nephew
  89. Smiths Group
  90. Standard Chartered Bank
  91. Standard Life
  92. Tate & Lyle
  93. Tesco
  94. Unilever
  95. United Utilities
  96. Vedanta Resources
  97. Vodafone
  98. Wolseley
  99. WPP Group
  100. Xstrata
  101. Yell Group

[edit] Market capitalisation

The following table lists the 31 FTSE 100 companies which had a market capitalisation of £10 billion or more on 31 December 2005. At that date £10 billion was equivalent to $17.079 billion.

[edit] FT 30

The oldest continuous index in the UK is the now largely redundant FT30 which began on July 1st 1935. Of the original constituents three are currently in the FTSE 100: Imperial Chemical (now ICI), Imperial Tobacco and Rolls Royce, although Rolls Royce has not been continuously listed. A further five are still listed but not in the FTSE 100: EMI, The General Electric Company (now Telent), Guest Keen & Nettlefolds (GKN), Tate & Lyle and Woolworths, although Woolworths has also not been continuously listed. Four of the original FT30 companies are still in that index remain in the FT30: EMI, GKN, Imperial Chemical and Tate & Lyle (membership is not strictly based on market capitalisation, so this does not mean they are necessarily among the top 30 companies in the FTSE 100). The best performer from the original line-up has been Imperial Tobacco.<ref name ="f4">: Eckett, Stephen (ed.) (2004), The UK Stock Market Almanac 2005, Petersfield, Harriman House. ISBN 1-897597-46-0</ref>

[edit] Notes

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Source: File linked from this page on the London Stock Exchange's official site. Companies which do not have their primary listing on the London Stock Exchange are not eligible for membership of the FTSE 100 Index and have been excluded.

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RankCompanyCapitalisation (£m)
2Royal Dutch Shell122,656
5Vodafone Group78,166
6Royal Bank of Scotland Group55,643
8Barclays plc39,538
10Anglo American29,341
11Rio Tinto Group <ref name="f1">: Rio Tinto Group is a dual listed company. The figure shown represents only the majority stake owned by Rio Tinto Plc.</ref>28,244
12British American Tobacco27,618
13Lloyds TSB27,181
16BHP Billiton <ref name="f2">: BHP Billiton is a dual listed company. The figure represents only the minority stake owned by BHP Billiton Plc.</ref>23,434
17BG Group20,306
18BT Group18,980
20Standard Chartered16,983
21Unilever <ref name="f3">: Unilever is a dual listed company. The figure represents only the minority stake owned by Unilever Plc.</ref>16,744
24National Grid15,422
25Reckitt Benckiser13,883
26Prudential Plc13,336
27Imperial Tobacco Group12,408
28BAE Systems12,256
29Cadbury Schweppes11,422
30Marks & Spencer10,256
31Scottish Power10,044

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