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FTSE 100 Spread Betting


Note: Rather than being called the FTSE or FTSE 100, in spread betting and CFD trading, the FTSE 100 is often called the 'UK 100'.


FTSE 100 Prices


Indicative FTSE 100 prices:











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Stock Market Index Comparison


A stock market index comparison table covering the FTSE 100 (UK 100) and other popular markets:

FTSE 100 (UK 100) Daily - Spread Size 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
FTSE 100 (UK 100) Daily - Min Stake £1 £0.50 £2 £1 £1 £1 £1 £1
FTSE 100 (UK 100) Future - Spread Size 4 4-8 6 4 3 4 4 4
FTSE 100 (UK 100) Future - Min Stake £1 £0.50 £2 £1 £1 £1 £1 £1
Dow Jones (Wall St) Daily - Spread Size 1 1 2 1 2-4 1 1 2
Dow Jones (Wall St) - Min Stake £1 £0.50 £1 £1 £1 £1 £1 £1
DAX 30 Daily - Spread Size 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
DAX 30 Daily - Min Stake £1 £0.50 £2 £1 £1 £1 £1 £1
S&P 500 Daily - Spread Size 3 4 5 3 5 3 3 8
S&P 500 Daily - Min Stake £1 £0.50 £1 £1 £1 £1 £1 £1^
NASDAQ 100 Future - Spread Size 3 4-10 4 3 4 3 3 4
NASDAQ 100 Future - Min Stake £1 £0.50 £4 £1 £1 £1 £1 £1
Comparison Notes.


Where Can I Spread Bet on the FTSE 100?


You can spread bet on the FTSE 100 with any of these spread betting firms:

UK Stock Market Analysis and Trading News


Date Trading Update
24-Jul-14 [3:52pm] European Stock Markets

Shares in Europe meandered higher after a modest turnaround in PMIs and Spanish unemployment in a sign that ECB stimulus efforts might be starting to have an effect.

In the UK, the data wasn't too supportive with missed earnings and retail sales expectations but the FTSE 100 recovered early losses as sentiment returned particularly after a multi-year low in US jobless claims.

Germany beat on both the service and manufacturing PMI's marking the beginning of what could be a turnaround in recent weak economic data.

France saw a snapback in the services PMI to above 50 indicating expansion but saw further declines in manufacturing.

Spain's unemployment rate dropped to 24.5% down from 26% in the first quarter.

Spanish jobs are moving in the right direction but the rate of change is too slow; at this pace Spain's economy will still be in the doldrums for the next five years.

UK retail sales missed expectations by rising by a puny 0.1% in June.

Overall though, the second quarter did see positive retail sales growth which is an improvement over the contraction in the first quarter.

This is supportive of the UK recovery story and the Bank of England being the first G8 central bank to raise interest rates.

The FTSE 100 hovered in the 6,800 vicinity on positive international sentiment despite the weak domestic data.

The consumer staples sector fell, dragged down after poor earnings from Unilever.

Kingfisher and easyJet earnings misses added extra weight to the index.

Update by Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst, CMC Markets
24-Jul-14 [3:06pm]

An 'Exciting Time' for Rolls Royce?



In the view of the upcoming £1bn share buyback at Rolls Royce and the sale of its Industrial Gas Turbine business to Siemens, IG talks to Simon Goodson, Director of Investor Relations, about the shareholder case for the long term.

Mr Goodson also discusses the changing face of operations at the firm and the new relationships that will drive the business forward.



Update by IG Index
24-Jul-14 [1:28pm] European equities continued to hold onto gains for a third day, helped by strong Chinese and Germany manufacturing data.

The FTSE was also lifted by a recovering banking sector after Fitch upgraded a number of banks.

Manufacturing activity in Germany expanded at a faster rate than expected in July, easing concerns over the health of the Eurozone's largest economy.

The manufacturing purchasing managers' index rose to a seasonally adjusted 52.9 this month from a final reading of 52.0 in June.

Chinese manufacturing data also beat expectations, growing at its fastest pace in 18 months in July.

The survey by HSBC showed a rise to 52 in July from 50.7 in June, the latest evidence that the country's economy may be stabilising.

Facebook reported after the close yesterday, pushing shares up by 10% during pre-market trading.

The world’s largest social media company reported a 61% increase in revenue during the second quarter, beating Wall Street's financial targets and sending shares to a record-high.

Update by Lee Mumford, Trader, Spreadex
24-Jul-14 [10:22am] After a bout of selling at the open, a little recovery has crept in as the morning has progressed.

The FTSE 100 is currently flat lining at 6796.

Banking stocks across Europe are on the rebound this morning, with periphery names leading the way.

In the UK it is worth keeping one eye on the financials, as reports have said the Financial Conduct Authority is moving towards settlements on the FX rigging probe.

Barclays and RBS are the immediate names to watch here, with both names trading around 1% higher this morning.

Standard Chartered is also in the headlines and on the defensive, after having to publicly back management in the face of shareholder unrest.

This is an unusual statement for such a big firm to make, and as a result it is sitting out of the banking rally and trading down by 1%.

Geopolitical tensions are still front and centre, as Norwegian authorities announced they had intercepted intel regarding a planned terrorist attack.

Away from London, European markets are moving higher in spite of such tensions, and the euro is trying to peg back its recent losses with a retrace back towards $1.35.

Update by Will Hedden, Sales Trader, IG Index
24-Jul-14 [8:08am]

FTSE 100 Daily Market Analysis

  • The FTSE 100 is currently trading at 6,772.0.
  • In the last session, the market closed up 17.4pts (0.26%) at 6,790.3.
30 Minute Chart Analysis

Falling Stock Market The index is currently below the 20 period MA of 6,788.6 and below the 50 period MA of 6,795.3.

1 Day Chart Analysis

Neutral Stock Market The index is currently above the 20 day MA of 6,764.7 and below the 50 day MA of 6,797.3.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
24-Jul-14 [7:42am] FTSE 100 Technical Analysis (30 mins chart)
  • FTSE 100 pivot point: 6665
  • Our preference: Long positions above 6665 with targets @ 6785 & 6800 in extension.
  • Alternative scenario: Below 6665 look for further downside with 6644 & 6615 as targets.
Comment: Even though a continuation of the consolidation cannot be ruled out, its extent should be limited.

Update by InterTrader
24-Jul-14 [7:42am] UK Shares - Crossing Over their 50 Day Moving Average:
  • Britvic (+0.82% to 736p)
  • DCC (+2.75% to 3544p)


UK Shares - Crossing Under their 50 Day Moving Average:
  • Polyus Gold International (-2.88% to 185.25p)


Update by InterTrader
24-Jul-14 [6:24am] UK Economic Plateau

While the economic recovery in Europe continues to remain weak the inevitable side effect of that is likely to trickle through to the UK's recovery, which still nevertheless remains fairly robust, though it has started to plateau a little, if recent data has been any guide.

This plateau effect would appear to explain the recent weakness in sterling as the market starts to realise that a potential rate hike this year is not the done deal many thought it was a few weeks ago.

Yesterday's Bank of England minutes certainly didn't add any colour to the debate, with the central bank remaining concerned about the lacklustre nature of recent wages data, which continues to lag well behind inflation.

Retail sales for June are expected to recover somewhat after the weak May reading of -0.5%, with a rise of 0.3% expected, though the bounce back may well have been hindered by England's early exit from the football World Cup.

Still, it is expected to be a more positive quarter than Q1, which showed a net decline in retail of -0.4%, with a net gain of 0.8% if June's numbers come in as expected, and there are no revisions.

Update by Michael Hewson, Senior Market Analyst, CMC Markets
23-Jul-14 [4:05pm] The FTSE has continued to claw back lost ground as it battles to break back above 6800.

European equity market enthusiasm continues to be tempered, possibly due to the knowledge that tomorrow morning will bring a plethora of manufacturing PMI data from across the Eurozone nations, and these have not always guaranteed good news of late.

Any chance the FTSE had of easing itself away from the 6800 level have been anchored by the profit warning from GlaxoSmithKline's second-quarter figures, as the drugs manufacturers profits have been badly hit by a number of patents and an underperforming drug for lungs.

After seeing its first-half profits jump by 16%, Capita Group, the UK-based services company, looks to be underplaying its hand a little in simply confirming that it is 'optimistic' in meeting full-year targets.

Having enjoyed an eye-watering selection of US equities reporting over the last couple of weeks, a little more attention can be focused back on the UK tomorrow.

We have the likes of easyJet, Unilever, SABMiller, Kingfisher, Tate & Lyle and Hammerson all updating the markets with figures or trading updates.

Update by Alastair McCaig, Market Analyst, IG Index
23-Jul-14 [3:58pm] European Stock Markets

European stocks continued to claw back some gains after tougher Russian sanctions from the EU failed to materialise from the meeting in Brussels yesterday as Ukrainian rebels appear more cooperative surrounding the crash site in Donetsk.

There were no dissenting voices at the Bank of England, with voting remaining 9-0 in favour of keeping rates unchanged.

One of the bigger takeaways from the minutes was that some MPC members said the risk of a rate rise derailing the UK recovery has receded.

Governor Carney in his speech later in the day elaborated saying 'The MPC is balancing the implications for inflation of hard evidence of sustained economic momentum against conflicting signals over the degree of slack in the labour market.'

The FTSE 100 rallied early on after strong results from Capita, BHP Billiton and Renishaw but reversed gains as price approached the low from 7 July driven lower by a miss on the top and bottom line from GlaxoSmithKline.

China is one of the biggest growth area for pharmaceutical companies these days so the 20% drop in China sales after the bribery allegations have hit the company hard.

Update by Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst, CMC Markets

» For more see Stock Market Trading News & Analysis.

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Where Can I Find Live Spread Betting Prices and Charts for the FTSE 100?


We do feature some fairly accurate FTSE 100 spread betting prices above.

The CFD chart below will also give readers a good guide to FTSE 100 (UK 100) prices and market trends.


The above charts from Plus500 are typically based on near term FTSE 100 futures.

If you'd like live FTSE 100 spread betting prices and charts, you will normally need a financial spread betting account.

You can also use a spreads account to access shorter-term daily FTSE markets. Readers should note that opening such an account is normally subject to suitability and status checks.

If your account application is accepted then, once logged in, you will be able to access the charts and the current prices. Access is normally free, however, the catch is that you could get the odd sales letter or email from your firm.

Of course, if you do decide to trade, be aware that spread trading and contracts for difference carry a high degree of risk and you may lose more than your initial deposit.

Advanced Charts for the FTSE 100


Although the charting packages normally differ from platform to platform, in order to assist you with your FTSE 100 analysis, most charts generally have:
  • A large range of time intervals - 1 minute, 2 minute, 10 minute, 1 hour, 4 hour, 1 month etc
  • A variety of chart types - candlestick, line and OHCL charts
  • Drawing tools and features - Fibonacci Time Zones, Arcs and Fans

The charts on Financial Spreads also offer more advanced features, including:
  • BackTesting, Tailored Indicators and Analysis tools
  • Popular overlays - Ichimoku Clouds, Parabolic SAR, EMA, Chande Kroll Stop etc
  • A wide selection of secondary charts - ADX, MACD, Volume Index, Historical Volatility etc
  • Email alerts for when your chosen market hits a pre-set level

Example FTSE 100 chart on the Financial Spreads platform

FTSE 100 Trading Guide - Example Chart


The brokers below give account holders access to real time trading charts/prices:
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You can spread bet on the FTSE 100 with Financial Spreads.


Where Can I Spread Bet on the FTSE 100 for Free?


Stock market trading is never risk free. However, if you want to use a Practice Account, that lets you try financial spread betting, please see below for further details.

When deciding which trading option is right for you, remember that spread betting, in the UK, is exempt from income tax, stamp duty and capital gains tax*.

If you're trying to find a free spread betting platform then keep in mind that you can trade the FTSE 100 without paying brokers' fees or commissions through companies such as:

Free Demo Account


If you are interested in a free Test Account which allows users to get a better understanding of financial spread betting, and practice trading markets like the FTSE 100, then you could always take a look at: All of the above companies provide a Demo Account that lets users practice trading, apply a variety of orders, try out strategies and review charts.


How to Spread Bet on the FTSE 100

How to Spread Bet on the FTSE 100?


As with many global markets, investors can spread bet on stock market indices, like the FTSE 100, to either rise or fall.

If we log on to Financial Spreads, we can see they are showing the FTSE 100 Rolling Daily market at 5785.3 - 5786.3. This means an investor can spread bet on the FTSE 100 market:

  FTSE 100 Spread Betting Example Going above 5786.3, or
  FTSE 100 Trading Example Going below 5785.3

When spread betting on the FTSE 100 index you trade in £x per point.

Where a point is one point of the index itself.

Should you choose to invest £4 per point and the FTSE 100 moves 24 points then that would alter your profit/loss by £96. £4 per point x 24 points = £96.

Rolling Daily Index Markets

An important aspect of this Rolling Daily Market is that there is no closing date for your trade. You do not have to close your trade, should it still be open at the end of the day, it will roll over to the next session.

If you allow your trade to roll over and are spread betting on the market to:

  FTSE 100 Trading Example Increase - then you will be charged a small overnight financing fee, or
  FTSE 100 Trading Example Decrease - then a small payment is normally credited to your account

Our article Rolling Daily Spread Betting goes into more detail about Rolling Daily Markets and includes a fully worked example.


FTSE 100 Trading Example 1


So, if we take the above spread of 5785.3 - 5786.3 and assume:
  • You have analysed the indices markets, and
  • You feel that the FTSE 100 index will rise above 5786.3
Then you could decide that you want to buy a spread bet at 5786.3 and risk, let's say, £2 per point.

With this trade you make a profit of £2 for every point that the FTSE 100 index moves higher than 5786.3. However, it also means that you will make a loss of £2 for every point that the FTSE 100 market moves below 5786.3.

Considering this from another angle, should you buy a spread bet then your profits (or losses) are worked out by taking the difference between the closing price of the market and the initial price you bought the market at. You then multiply that difference in price by your stake.

Therefore, if after a few trading sessions the UK stock market rose, you might want to close your position to lock in your profit.

So if the stock market increased then the spread, set by the spread betting company, might move up to 5849.4 - 5850.4. In order to close your position you would sell at 5849.4. Accordingly, with the same £2 stake:

P&L = (Closing Price - Opening Price) x stake
P&L = (5849.4 - 5786.3) x £2 per point stake
P&L = 63.1 x £2 per point stake
P&L = £126.20 profit

Speculating on stock market indices, whether by spread betting or not, doesn't always work out. In this example, you had bet that the index would go up. Nevertheless, it might go down.

If the FTSE 100 index began to drop then you might choose to close your spread bet in order to restrict your losses.

Should the market pull back to 5731.9 - 5732.9 then you would close your spread bet by selling at 5731.9. If so, you would lose:

P&L = (Closing Price - Opening Price) x stake
P&L = (5731.9 - 5786.3) x £2 per point stake
P&L = -54.4 x £2 per point stake
P&L = -£108.80 loss

Note - FTSE 100 Rolling Daily prices as of 1-Oct-12.


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FTSE 100 Interactive Trading Example


Below we have a simple interactive example from Financial Spreads on how spread betting works when trading the FTSE 100.

This quick example shows how the Stop Loss works and also how your upside is unlimited.

Note that Stop Losses are not guaranteed but you can opt for a Guaranteed Stop Loss with Financial Spreads.




How to Spread Bet on the UK 100

How to Spread Bet on the UK 100 - Example 2


Looking at a spread trading website like Tradefair, we can see that they are showing the UK 100 Rolling Daily market at 5787.8 - 5788.8. This means an investor can spread bet on the UK 100 market:

  UK 100 Spread Trading Example Rising above 5788.8, or
  UK 100 Spread Betting Example Falling below 5787.8

Whilst financial spread betting on the UK 100 index you trade in £x per point. So, should you decide to risk £5 per point and the UK 100 moves 27 points then that would make a difference to your bottom line of £135. £5 per point x 27 points = £135.

So, if you continue with the above spread of 5787.8 - 5788.8 and assume that:
  • You have done your research, and
  • Your research suggests that the UK 100 index will move higher than 5788.8
Then you might decide that you want to go long of the market at 5788.8 and risk, for the sake of argument, £3 per point.

So, you make a profit of £3 for every point that the UK 100 index moves above 5788.8. However, such a bet also means that you will lose £3 for every point that the UK 100 market decreases below 5788.8.

Looked at another way, if you ‘Buy’ a spread bet then your profit/loss is calculated by taking the difference between the settlement price of the market and the price you bought the market at. You then multiply that difference in price by your stake.

As a result, if after a few sessions the UK stock market started to move upwards then you could choose to close your trade in order to guarantee your profit.

So if the market moved up then the spread might change to 5831.6 - 5832.6. You would close your position by selling at 5831.6. Therefore, with the same £3 stake your profit would be calculated as:

Profits (or losses) = (Closing Value - Initial Value) x stake
Profits (or losses) = (5831.6 - 5788.8) x £3 per point stake
Profits (or losses) = 42.8 x £3 per point stake
Profits (or losses) = £128.40 profit

Financial spread trading doesn't always work out as you would have liked. In this case, you wanted the UK index to rise. Nevertheless, it might decrease.

If the UK 100 index decreased, contrary to your expectations, then you might decide to close/settle your trade to limit your losses.

So if the spread fell to 5751.2 - 5752.2 you would close your trade by selling at 5751.2. Accordingly, your loss would be:

Profits (or losses) = (Closing Value - Initial Value) x stake
Profits (or losses) = (5751.2 - 5788.8) x £3 per point stake
Profits (or losses) = -37.6 x £3 per point stake
Profits (or losses) = -£112.80 loss

Note: UK 100 Rolling Daily spread betting market accurate as of 28-Nov-12.


How to Trade FTSE Futures

How to Trade FTSE Futures


If we go to a platform like FinancialSpreads, you can see that they are currently pricing the FTSE 100 March Futures market at 5717.3 - 5721.3.

Therefore, you can speculate on the FTSE 100 index:

  FTSE 100 Spread Trading Example Settling above 5721.3, or
  FTSE 100 Trading Example Settling below 5717.3

On the expiry date for this 'March' futures market, 15-Mar-13.

As with the daily markets above, with the FTSE futures market you speculate on the FTSE 100 index in £x per point. So, if you decided to have a stake of £4 per point and the FTSE 100 moves 35 points then that would alter your profits (or losses) by £140. £4 per point x 35 points = £140.


FTSE 100 Futures Trading Example


If we think about the spread of 5717.3 - 5721.3 and assume that:
  • You have analysed the UK stock market, and
  • Your analysis suggests the UK index will finish above 5721.3 by 15-Mar-13
Then you may decide to buy the futures market at 5721.3 and risk, let's say, £5 per point.

With this contract you make a profit of £5 for every point that the FTSE 100 index rises higher than 5721.3. Nevertheless, it also means that you will make a loss of £5 for every point that the FTSE 100 market moves lower than 5721.3.

Thinking of this in a slightly different way, if you are spread trading and you 'Buy' a market then your P&L is calculated by taking the difference between the settlement price of the market and the initial price you bought the spread at. You then multiply that price difference by the stake.

As a result, if, on the expiry date, the FTSE 100 settled higher at 5749.9, then:

P&L = (Closing Price - Opening Price) x stake
P&L = (5749.9 - 5721.3) x £5 per point stake
P&L = 28.6 x £5 per point stake
P&L = £143.00 profit

Trading UK stock market futures is not always easy. With this example, you thought the index would increase. Nevertheless, the UK stock market could fall.

If the FTSE 100 fell and settled lower at 5696.4, you would end up making a loss on this trade.

P&L = (Closing Price - Opening Price) x stake
P&L = (5696.4 - 5721.3) x £5 per point stake
P&L = -24.9 x £5 per point stake
P&L = -£124.50 loss

Note - FTSE 100 March Futures market correct as of 27-Sep-12.


Financial Spread Betting on FTSE 100 Companies


Simply click on the company you're interested in spread betting on.

As well as broker ratings, indicative prices and charts, we talk you through the most popular spread betting questions for the UK firm:

Company Name Symbol FTSE 100 Shares
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Aberdeen Asset Management ADN.L Aberdeen Asset Management Spread Betting Rating Chart
Admiral ADM.L Admiral Spread Betting Rating Chart
Aggreko AGK.L Aggreko Spread Betting Rating Chart
Amec AMEC.L Amec Spread Betting Rating Chart
Anglo American AAL.L Anglo American Spread Betting Rating Chart
Antofagasta ANTO.L Antofagasta Spread Betting Rating Chart
ARM Holdings ARM.L ARM Holdings Spread Betting Rating Chart
Associated British Foods ABF.L Associated British Foods Spread Betting Rating Chart
AstraZeneca AZN.L AstraZeneca Spread Betting Rating Chart
Aviva AV.L Aviva Spread Betting Rating Chart
Babcock International BAB.L Babcock International Spread Betting Rating Chart
BAE Systems BA.L BAE Systems Spread Betting Rating Chart
Barclays BARC.L Barclays Spread Betting Rating Chart
BG BG.L BG Group Spread Betting Rating Chart
BHP Billiton BLT.L BHP Billiton Spread Betting Rating Chart
BP BP.L Spread Betting on BP Rating Chart
British American Tobacco BATS.L BAT Spread Betting Rating Chart
British Land BLND.L British Land Spread Betting Rating Chart
British Sky Broadcasting BSY.L BSkyB Spread Betting Rating Chart
BT BT-A.L BT Spread Betting Rating Chart
Bunzl BNZL.L Bunzl Spread Betting Rating Chart
Burberry BRBY.L Burberry Spread Betting Rating Chart
Capita CPI.L Capita Spread Betting Rating Chart
Carnival CCL.L Carnival Spread Betting Rating Chart
Centrica CNA.L Centrica Spread Betting Rating Chart
Compass CPG.L Compass Spread Betting Rating Chart
Croda International CRDA.L Croda International Spread Betting Rating Chart
Diageo DGE.L Diageo Spread Betting Rating Chart
Easyjet EZJ.L Easyjet Spread Betting Rating Chart
Evraz EVR.L Evraz Spread Betting Rating Chart
Experian EXPN.L Experian Spread Betting Rating Chart
Fresnillo FRES.L Fresnillo Spread Betting Rating Chart
G4S GFS.L G4S Spread Betting Rating Chart
GKN GKN.L GKN Spread Betting Rating Chart
GlaxoSmithKline GSK.L GlaxoSmithKline Spread Betting Rating Chart
Glencore GLEN.L Glencore Xstrata Spread Betting Rating Chart
Hammerson HMSO.L Hammerson Spread Betting Rating Chart
Hargreaves Lansdown HL.L Hargreaves Lansdown Spread Betting Rating Chart
HSBC HSBA.L HSBC Spread Betting Rating Chart
IMI IMI.L IMI Spread Betting Rating Chart
Imperial Tobacco IMT.L Imperial Tobacco Spread Betting Rating Chart
InterContinental Hotels IHG.L InterContinental Hotels Spread Betting Rating Chart
International Consolidated Airlines IAG.L IAG Spread Betting Rating Chart
ITV ITV.L ITV Spread Betting Rating Chart
Johnson Matthey JMAT.L Johnson Matthey Spread Betting Rating Chart
Kingfisher KGF.L Kingfisher Spread Betting Rating Chart
Land Securities LAND.L Land Securities Spread Betting Rating Chart
Legal & General LGEN.L Legal and General Spread Betting Rating Chart
Lloyds LLOY.L Lloyds Spread Betting Rating Chart
London Stock Exchange LSE.L LSE Spread Betting Rating Chart
Marks & Spencer MKS.L Marks and Spencer Spread Betting Rating Chart
Meggitt MGGT.L Meggitt Spread Betting Rating Chart
Melrose MRO.L Melrose Spread Betting Rating Chart
Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets MRW.L Morrison Spread Betting Rating Chart
National Grid NG.L National Grid Spread Betting Rating Chart
Next NXT.L Next Spread Betting Rating Chart
Old Mutual OML.L Old Mutual Spread Betting Rating Chart
Pearson PSON.L Pearson Spread Betting Rating Chart
Petrofac PFC.L Petrofac Spread Betting Rating Chart
Polymetal International POLY.L Polymetal International Spread Betting Rating Chart
Prudential PRU.L Prudential Spread Betting Rating Chart
Randgold Resources RRS.L Randgold Resources Spread Betting Rating Chart
Reckitt Benckiser RB.L Reckitt Benckiser Spread Betting Rating Chart
Reed Elsevier REL.L Reed Elsevier Spread Betting Rating Chart
Resolution RSL.L Resolution Spread Betting Rating Chart
Rexam REX.L Rexam Spread Betting Rating Chart
Rio Tinto RIO.L Rio Tinto Spread Betting Rating Chart
Rolls-Royce RR.L Rolls Royce Spread Betting Rating Chart
Royal Bank Of Scotland RBS.L RBS Spread Betting Rating Chart
Royal Dutch Shell RDSA.L Shell Spread Betting Rating Chart
Royal Mail RMG.L Royal Mail Spread Betting Rating Chart
RSA RSA.L RSA Spread Betting Rating Chart
SABMiller SAB.L SABMiller Spread Betting Rating Chart
Sage SGE.L Sage Spread Betting Rating Chart
Sainsbury (J) SBRY.L Sainsburys Spread Betting Rating Chart
Schroders SDR.L Schroders Spread Betting Rating Chart
Serco Group SRP.L Serco Group Spread Betting Rating Chart
Severn Trent SVT.L Severn Trent Spread Betting Rating Chart
Shire SHP.L Shire Spread Betting Rating Chart
Smith & Nephew SN.L Smith and Nephew Spread Betting Rating Chart
Smiths SMIN.L Smiths Spread Betting Rating Chart
SSE SSE.L SSE Spread Betting Rating Chart
Standard Chartered STAN.L Standard Chartered Spread Betting Rating Chart
Standard Life SL.L Standard Life Spread Betting Rating Chart
Tate & Lyle TATE.L Tate & Lyle Spread Betting Rating Chart
Tesco TSCO.L Tesco Spread Betting Rating Chart
TUI Travel TT.L TUI Travel Spread Betting Rating Chart
Tullow Oil TLW.L Tullow Oil Spread Betting Rating Chart
Unilever ULVR.L Unilever Spread Betting Rating Chart
United Utilities UU.L United Utilities Spread Betting Rating Chart
Vedanta Resources VED.L Vedanta Spread Betting Rating Chart
Vodafone VOD.L Vodafone Spread Betting Rating Chart
Weir Group WEIR.L Weir Group Spread Betting Rating Chart
Whitbread WTB.L Whitbread Spread Betting Rating Chart
Wolseley WOS.L Wolseley Spread Betting Rating Chart
Wood Group (John) WG.L John Wood Spread Betting Rating Chart
WPP WPP.L WPP Spread Betting Rating Chart

The above FTSE 100 constituents are subject to change - for the latest constituents see FTSE.com indices.

To get broker ratings as heat maps, also see Broker Recommendations.



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Applying Technical Analysis to the FTSE 100


Below, an old but still useful case study on the UK stock market by Shai Heffetz, InterTrader, 28-Apr-2011.

Being an index of the 100 biggest companies on the London Stock Exchange, the FTSE 100 is considered a quite reliable yardstick of the health of the economy in general.

If one looks at the period since the index started at 1000 on the 1st of January 1984, the picture certainly looks healthy. The current value of 6041 represents growth of more than 500 per cent over the 27-year term.

The fact of the matter is, however, that the index is currently well below the record level of 6950.6 it reached in December 1999, which means that in effect we have seen negative growth over the past 12 years.

FTSE 100 Technical Analysis

If we consider technical analysis of the FTSE 100 then, looking at the Ichimoku Kinko Hyo on the candlestick chart below, everything seems to point to a bull market as the price is far above the cloud.

It is also well above the red Tenkan-Sen (short-term average) and the blue Kijun-Sen (longer-term average). The green Chinkou Span line is also well above the price 26 days ago, strengthening the perception of a bull market.

There are, however, a couple of things that could indicate that we should not jump to conclusions. The red Tenkan-Sen has turned flat, which indicates short-term uncertainty in the market, and the cloud is also very thin, which further points to indecisiveness in the market.

If the price should break through the recent high of 6064.80, we might see it test the previous high of 6106.80 it reached on 8 February. A cautious trader would not enter a medium or long-term position long position before this happens. A potential stop loss level in this case is the red Tenkan-Sen line.

FTSE 100 Spread Betting Chart

In the current market, traders should wait for further signs of weakness before entering into a short position. If the price drops as far as the Ichimoku cloud, it could be on its way to test the previous low of 5505.30 on 16 March.

A careful trader will wait for the price to break downwards out of the cloud before going short, but this could rob you of most of the profits in the swing trade. An alternative, but riskier, approach would be to go short as soon as the price drops below the blue Kijun-Sen.



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About the FTSE and the London Stock Exchange


The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is one of the world's oldest stock exchanges. It's been trading for over 300 years. According to the LSE website it started life in the coffee houses of 17th century London (pre-Starbucks).

For readers who are not familiar with the term 'FTSE 100' it is simply an index of the 100 largest companies on the London Stock Exchange. The index is maintained and owned jointly by the Financial Times and the London Stock Exchange.

The index came into being on 1 January 1984 with a base value of 1,000. It reached a record level of 6950.6 on 30 December 1999. The financial crisis of 2007–2010 saw it drop dramatically to 3,500. Since then it has recovered to a large extent.

FTSE Definitions

  • FTSE: Financial Times Stock Exchange. These firms (FT and LSE) are jointly responsible for the compilation and maintenance of the main stock indices reflecting the performance of the UK's top shares
  • FTSE 100: The index of the UK's top 100 companies, as ranked by their market capitalisation. Also referred to as UK100
  • FTSE 250 or FTSE MID 250: The index of the next 250 FTSE companies as ranked by their market capitalisation
  • FTSE 350: The index of the top 350 UK companies by market capitalisation. A combination of the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 stocks
  • FTSE ALL SHARE: An index covering about 800 shares representing 98% of UK stock market value
  • UK 100: In spread betting and CFD trading, the FTSE 100 is often called the 'UK 100'

For more details visit the official LSE Website: londonstockexchange.com.

For the latest view on the FTSE 100 index see Daily Stock Market Review.



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'FTSE 100 Spread Betting' edited by Jacob Wood, updated 24-Jul-14

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