Top Risers on the FTSE 100

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The FTSE 100 is the acronym that is commonly used to refer to the Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 stock index. This index is essentially a share index of the most highly capitalized UK companies listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). In other words, the FTSE follows the overall value of the largest 100 companies traded on the UK stock market.

The FTSE is also colloquially referred to as the “Footsie”. It is one of the most widely used stock indices in the UK stock market, and is often used to measure the prosperity of a business whose shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Risers on the FTSE 100 are very often blue chip companies such as Rio Tinto (LSE:RIO), Royal Dutch Shell (LSE:RDSA), and the BG Group (LSE:BG). Blue chip companies are those whose stocks are widely believed to be safe, bankable, and secure investment options. This is hardly a general or hard-fast rule however, as some blue chip companies, such as the Royal Bank of Scotland (LSE:RBS), have found themselves numbered among the top fallers on the Footsie on occasion.

Some other noteworthy LSE-listed companies that have also managed to climb into the top risers on the FTSE 100 of late include, Carnival Plc. (LSE:CCL), the Babcock International Group (LSE:BAB), Experian Plc. (LSE:EXPN), Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc. (LSE:RB), and Unilever Plc. (LSE:ULVR).

One group of companies in particular that happen to have been ranking favorably on the FTSE 100 are retail companies such as Next Plc. (LSE:NXT), Marks & Spencer Group Plc. (LSE:MKS), and Kingfisher (LSE:KGF). And this remarkable trend is largely attributable to reliable predictions of future benefits to be derived by retail companies, such as those aforementioned, from lower input costs in light of falling cotton prices and increasing productivity levels in Chinese factories. Even retail outfits such as Tesco (LSE:TSCO) and Sainsbury Plc. (LSE:SBRY), whose stocks were previously trading below par and lagging behind on the Footsie, have succeeded in climbing their way back into the topmost risers on the index.

Asides the FTSE 100 index, some other related indices are the FTSE 250, the FTSE 350, the FTSE Small Cap, and the FTSE All Share indices: the FTSE 250 index follows the FTSE 100 and lists the 101st to 350th most highly capitalized companies on the LSE; the FTSE 350 index is a combination of both the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 indexes; the FTSE Small Cap index lists the 351st to the 619th largest listed companies; and finally, the FTSE All Share index is a combination of the FTSE 100, FTSE 250, and FTSE Small Cap indices. As an investor in the UK stock market, you would do well to follow these indices as they are released.

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  1. SpeedPlus.biz says:

    Questa mattina il mercato sembra tendere giù verso il primo obiettivo.

    Ieri, il mercato è rimbalzato sul supporto di Fibonacci del 38% a dimostrazione di quanto sia efficace questo modello nel prevedere supporti e resistenze.
    L’obiettivo principale ribassista è posizionato sul livello di Fibonacci del 50%.

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