The FTSE 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 FTSE by market capitalisation, and the larger the company the more influence it has over the index’s price. In the FTSE, the largest companies are usually found in the mining, energy (particularly oil and gas) and financial services sectors.

What is FTSE100?

FTSE 100, more often called 'Footsie' or FTSE 100, is compromised of the 100 biggest FTSE companies on the London Stock Exchange by market capitalization. Being one of the best FTSE indices to invest in, this index represents approximately 81% of the entire market capitalization of the LSE. In order to keep track of FTSE stocks, FTSE 100 is the index to be looking at as it a great indicator of the economic situation in the FTSE.


This index has excellent potential for successful CFD trading as it contains some of the most profitable shares in the FTSE. Quarterly, companies in FTSE 100 are manually rebalanced and checked; assuring that FTSE 100 eligibility criteria are met.


A factor that should be looked at when choosing the best index to trade is its liquidity. One of the many benefits of trading indices, and in specific, FTSE 100, is sufficient size and liquidity that gives traders more opportunity to take advantage of market fluctuations. To add to the advantages of trading FTSE 100, the index is exposed to a large number of high preforming FTSE stocks that can be traded through CFD’s. This potentially profitable FTSE index is recognized as a benchmark index for investing in the FTSE stock market.


Real-time FTSE 100 charts, forecasts and updated news on the FTSE economy are provided by PCM International for successful CFD trading. News based on the economic events of the FTSE guides creates market fluctuations that traders can seek profit from. With PCM International, traders are able to benefit from professional trading platforms that enable them to use advanced CFD trading strategies. In addition, trading FTSE 100 (FTSE 100) through PCM International allows you to leverage your exposure to market movements for maximum profit.


A key factor of trading CFD’s successfully is being educated about potentially profitable trading opportunities and knowing it’s in-depth specifications and benefits. The table below is provided for further details about the index.

Contract Specifications for FTSE 100

Contract Parameters
Class Equity Index (stock market index)
Symbol FTSE100
Description Index representing 100 largest FTSE stocks
Standard Tradable Quantity (also called a LOT) 10 FTSE 100 contracts
Minimum Tradable Quantity (the fraction of lot available to trade) 1 FTSE 100 contract
Base Currency (Currency used for margin, P&L and other calculations) United States Dollars
Tick Size (The least incremental change in the price of the index) 0.1 (example: 6862.6 changes to 6862.7 at least)

List of stocks

Company Sector Market cap (£bn)
Royal Dutch Shell Oil and gas 135
HSBC Banking 129
BP Oil and gas 85
Vodafone Group Telecomms 83
GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals 73
British American Tobacco Tobacco 69
SABMiller Beverages 53
Diageo Beverages 50
Rio Tinto Group Mining 48
BHP Billiton Mining 44
Standard Chartered Banking 43
BG Group Oil and gas 49
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals 38
Barclays Banking 37
Lloyds Banking Group Banking 36
Xstrata Mining 35
Unilever Consumer goods 34
Reckitt Benckiser Consumer goods 32
Tesco Supermarket 29
Glencore International Mining 27
National Grid plc Energy 26
Anglo American plc Mining 26
Prudential plc Finance 25
Imperial Tobacco Group Tobacco 24
BT Group Telecomms 20
Rolls-Royce Group Manufacturing 19
Centrica Energy 18
Royal Bank of Scotland Group Banking 18
Compass Group Food 15
Associated British Foods Food 14
BSkyB Media 14
SSE plc Energy 13
WPP plc Media 13
ARM Holdings IT 13
BAE Systems Military 11.8
Shire plc Pharmaceuticals 11.7
Experian Information 11.7
Tullow Oil Oil and gas 11.2
CRH plc Building materials 10.9
Fresnillo plc Mining 10.8
Antofagasta Mining 10.7
Aviva Insurance 10.4
Old Mutual Insurance 10.2
Pearson plc Publishing 9.6
Legal & General Insurance 9.5
Wolseley plc Building materials 9.1
Reed Elsevier Publishing 8.9
Standard Life Fund management 8.8
Next plc Retail clothing 6.9
Kingfisher plc Retail homeware 6.7
Land Securities Group Property 6.6
Morrison Supermarkets Supermarket 6.5
J Sainsbury plc Supermarket 6.5
Smith & Nephew Medical 6.4
Burberry Group Fashion 6.1
Marks & Spencer Group Supermarket 5.9
Capita Group Support Services 5.9
InterContinental Hotels Group Hotels 5.7
Intertek Group Product testing 5.5
Schroders Fund management 5.5
British Land Co Property 5.1
Petrofac Oil and gas 5.1
United Utilities Water 5
Smiths Group Engineering 5
Weir Group Engineering 5
Aberdeen Asset Management Fund management 4.9
Randgold Resources Mining 4.9
Johnson Matthey Chemicals 4.9
ITV Media 4.8
Aggreko Generator hire 4.6
Carnival plc Leisure 4.6
Whitbread Retail hospitality 4.5
International Consolidated Airlines Group SA Transport air 4.5
GKN Manufacturing 4.4
Eurasian Natural Resources Mining 4.3
Bunzl Industrial products 4.3
Sage Group IT 4.3
RSA Insurance Group Insurance 4.2
G4S Security 4.1
Hargreaves Lansdown Finance 4.1
Rexam Packaging 4.1
IMI plc Engineering 3.9
Babcock International Consulting 3.9
Tate & Lyle Food 3.9
Severn Trent Water 3.8
Polymetal International Mining 3.7
Hammerson Property 3.7
Resolution plc Investment 3.7
Meggitt Engineering 3.6
Croda International Chemicals 3.5
TUI Travel Leisure 3.5
Evraz Mining 3.5
Admiral Group Insurance 3.4
AMEC Consulting 3.3
Melrose plc Finance 3.2
Serco Group Outsourced services 3.1
Vedanta Resources Mining 1.2
Wood Group Oil and gas 0.8
Kazakhmys Oil and gas 0.5
Intu Properties Property services 0.3


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