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Founded in 1984, the FTSE 100 is a stock index comprised of 100 UK-based companies listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), based on full market value. It represents a benchmark for the UK’s stock market and overall economy, and often moves with political and socioeconomic events.
The 100 companies with the largest market capitalisations make it on to the FTSE 100. A company’s market cap is measured by multiplying its share price by the number of issued shares. This number is then multiplied by a company’s free-float factor, also known as public float, which is the number of shares available to be freely traded in the secondary market. The final value is what is used to calculate the value of the company according to the market.
The FTSE 100 index encompasses companies from many sectors and industries, including technology, finance, metals and mining, pharmaceuticals, real estate, consumer staples and more. Its value can be affected by events from around the globe, including Brexit, general elections, Covid-19, trade wars and tensions between the US and China, as well as economic indicators like changes to interest rates and inflation.
Our global market analysts add to our FTSE 100 news section on a daily basis to keep you up to date with the latest insights and developments across the country.