UK 100 FTSE 100 Index

UK 100 is FOREX.com’s market on the FTSE 100, a stock market index featuring the 100 largest companies on the London Stock Exchange by market capitalisation. FTSE stands for Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE), a merger of the Financial Times and London Stock Exchange.

The UK 100 is regarded as an indicator for all UK stocks and the nation’s economy in general. With just a single asset, traders can gain exposure to many influential UK companies. Some of the largest companies included in the UK 100 are Royal Dutch Shell, AstraZeneca, BP, Unilever, and HSBC.

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Interesting facts

The UK 100 is one of the most widely used metrics when evaluating the performance of the UK economy. The index is comprised of the largest companies in the UK by market capitalisation, and the larger the company the more influence it has over the index’s price. In the UK, the largest companies are usually found in the mining, energy (particularly oil and gas) and financial services sectors.

Price drivers

The UK 100 is closely linked to economies throughout Europe through trade and geographical proximity, thus it can be influenced by investor sentiment surrounding large equity markets in Europe. Furthermore, during times of global crisis the economy can sometimes ignore domestic fundamentals in favour of overall investor sentiment (for example: 08/09 financial crisis and the European debt crisis), with the possible exception being the Bank of England’s interest rate decisions and policy announcements. More specifically, the index is susceptible to the sentiment surrounding global banking markets due to the high weighting banking stocks have on the index. Also, mining and energy companies account for a significant proportion of the index, which means investors should keep an eye on commodity prices and the level of demand for these assets.

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    Distance shows the difference between the pivot point and bid rate. It is calculated by subtracting the ask rate from the pivot point rate.

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