FTSE 100 is an important index of the London Stock Exchange. It includes shares of 100 companies with the largest market capitalization and accurately reflects the general state of the UK economy.
Selection criteria of the FTSE 100 index:
—traded on the London Stock Exchange;
—the information on the company’s top management is publicly available;
—the company’s shares are denominated in pounds or euros;
—the company’s shares are in free circulation and anyone can buy them.
Among the most popular companies included in the FTSE 100 are: HSBC, Unilever, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Vodafone Group, British American Tobacco, EasyJet, London Stock Exchange Group.
The index is calculated by FTSE Group, currently wholly owned by the London Stock Exchange.
The list of companies is very balanced and doesn’t have bias for any industry. Some of the most important stocks belong to the fields of resource extraction, oil, gas, and finance.