Guide to Spread Betting on London Stock Exchange Shares with Analysis, Broker Ratings, Live LSE Charts & Prices
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London Stock Exchange Spread Betting

LSE Spread Betting

Where Can I Spread Bet on LSE?

At the moment, investors are able to take a view on LSE, and a wide variety of other spread trading markets, with companies like:

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LSE Broker Ratings

A look at the latest LSE broker ratings:

DateBroker Rating Broker Last Price Target Price Potential Upside / Downside
15-Mar-16Brokers Tips - NeutralNeutralMacquarie28932460-15.00%
10-Mar-16Brokers Tips - AddAddAlphaValue2847335417.80%
08-Mar-16Brokers Tips - HoldHoldNumis28152700-4.10%
07-Mar-16Brokers Tips - OutperformOutperformExane BNP Paribas282130006.30%
24-Feb-16Brokers Tips - OutperformOutperformKeefe, Bruyette & Woods264228758.80%
23-Feb-16Brokers Tips - HoldHoldHSBC229725008.80%
16-Feb-16Brokers Tips - OverweightOverweightBarclays2331284021.80%
10-Feb-16Brokers Tips - NeutralNeutralMacquarie2171246813.70%
04-Feb-16Brokers Tips - BuyBuyAlphaValue2393312630.60%
25-Jan-16Brokers Tips - OutperformOutperformRBC Capital Markets2465300021.70%
15-Jan-16Brokers Tips - NeutralNeutralMacquarie24782468-0.40%
07-Jan-16Brokers Tips - BuyBuyAlphaValue2503315826.20%
31-Dec-15Brokers Tips - BuyBuyAlphaValue2753319115.90%
24-Dec-15Brokers Tips - BuyBuyAlphaValue2721316716.40%
18-Nov-15Brokers Tips - OverweightOverweightBarclays2542284011.70%
10-Nov-15Brokers Tips - HoldHoldHSBC257227005.00%
28-Oct-15Brokers Tips - HoldHoldSociete Generale255726001.70%
22-Oct-15Brokers Tips - Overwt/In-LineOverwt/In-LineMorgan Stanley2440288518.20%
20-Oct-15Brokers Tips - HoldHoldNumis243924500.50%
16-Oct-15Brokers Tips - HoldHoldHSBC248025000.80%
09-Oct-15Brokers Tips - OutperformOutperformCredit Suisse2443290018.70%
24-Sep-15Brokers Tips - NeutralNeutralMacquarie239324683.10%
15-Sep-15Brokers Tips - OutperformOutperformRBC Capital Markets2454290018.20%
26-Aug-15Brokers Tips - OutperformOutperformRBC Capital Markets2504290015.80%
19-Aug-15Brokers Tips - OverweightOverweightBarclays259428409.50%

For the latest UK broker ratings see Daily Trading Tips.

This is Not Investment Advice

Where Can I Find Live Prices and Charts for LSE?

The real time CFD trading chart below will give you a handy look at the LSE share price.

The Plus500 chart that we use above normally uses the underlying LSE futures market (not the daily market).

Should you want to access real time spread betting prices and charts for LSE, you could use a spread trading account.

A spreads account also lets you access short term daily markets. Users should note that accounts are normally dependent on suitability, credit and status checks.

Should your new account be accepted, you will be able to log on and access the up-to-the-minute trading charts/prices. These are usually free. What's the catch? You might receive an occasional call and/or letter from your financial spread betting provider.

Of course, if you do decide to trade then you should be aware that CFDs and spread trading carry a high level of risk and it is possible to incur losses that exceed your initial investment.

See below for more on advanced LSE charts.

London Stock Exchange Analysis & News

Date Trading Update
03-Oct-17 [11:49am]

London Stock Exchange Share Price Update:

Rising Share Price The share price is higher than the 20DMA of 3836.5p and higher than the 50DMA of 3866.2p.
  • Current Price(i): 3935.0p
  • Closing Price: 3954.0p
  • Rising Share Price 1 Day Change: Up 0.94%
  • Rising Share Price 5 Day Change: Up 3.24%

Long-Term LSE.L Data

  • 52 Week High 52 Week High: 4069.0p
  • 52 Week Low 52 Week Low: 2611.0p
  • EPS(i): £0.85
  • PE Ratio(i): 46.56
  • Volume / Average Volume(i): 0.109m / 0.442m
  • Market Cap(i): £13,641m
  • Shares Outstanding(i): 347m
Price data from Google Finance. Also see Live LSE.L Share Price & Charts and About London Stock Exchange for more information.

Update by Jenna Cutly, Editor, CleanFinancial
14-Nov-14 [9:26am]

Will LSE Target its All-Time Highs?

Following positive results from London Stock Exchange Plc, Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets have raised their price target to £21.50, which would be an all-time high for the stock.

In contrast, a disappointing outlook has seen the broker reduce its target price on SAB Miller from £34.99 to £30.00, a drop of around 14%.

Update by IG Index

Readers please note:

About London Stock Exchange

Professional Level Charts for LSE

Even though the specific charting packages differ from firm to firm, to help you with your trading decisions, they generally have valuable tools such as:
  • A broad range of time intervals, for example, 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 1 day and so on
  • A variety of chart types, for example, OHLC, candlestick and line charts
  • Tools for drawing and adding features, for example, trendlines, Fibonacci arcs, fans and time zones

Charts with CapitalSpreads also come with:
  • Tailored Indicators, BackTesting and Optimisation tools
  • Numerous overlays, for example, Parabolic SAR, Ichimoku Cloud, Chande Kroll Stop and so on
  • Over 30 indicators, for example, RMI, Williams %R, Price and Volume Trend and so on
  • Automatic alerts when the markets hit a pre-set level

Example equities chart

LSE Trading Guide - Example Chart

The spread betting firms in the list below give their clients real time charts/prices:

Where Can I Spread Bet on LSE for Free?

Investing in the financial markets is not without risk. Having said that, if you'd like to open an entirely free Practice Account, which lets you try out financial spread betting on a wide variety of markets, then see below for more details.

When thinking about which investment option might work for you, also remember that, in the UK, financial spread betting is currently tax free*, i.e. it is exempt from capital gains tax, income tax and stamp duty.

If you are interested in a free financial spread betting site, note that investors can speculate on LSE commission free and with no brokers' fees with firms like:

Free Demo Account

Should you want to have a look at a completely free Practice Account / Test Account that allows you to try spread betting, and markets such as EUR/GBP, the Dow Jones, gold and LSE, then you can always consider: Each of these spread trading firms currently offer a Demo Account that investors can use to try out trading ideas, review professional level charts and gain experience with an array of trading orders.

How to Spread Bet on LSE

How to Spread Bet on LSE?

If you decide to invest in UK companies like LSE then one option could be spread betting on the LSE share price.

Looking at a spread trading website like InterTrader, we can see they have priced the LSE Rolling Daily market at 982.2p - 985.3p. Therefore, an investor can spread trade on the LSE share price:

  LSE Spread Trading Example Increasing above 985.3p, or
  LSE Trading Example Decreasing below 982.2p

When financial spread trading on UK equities you trade in £x per penny. So, if you risked £3 per penny and the LSE shares move 39p then there would be a difference to your profit/loss of £117. £3 per penny x 39p = £117.

Rolling Daily Shares Markets

This is a Rolling Daily Market which means that there is no preset settlement date for this market. If you decide to leave your trade open at the end of the day, it simply rolls over to the next session.

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

  LSE Trading Example Rise - then you are normally charged a small financing fee, or
  LSE Trading Example Fall - then you will normally receive a small credit to your account

You can learn more about Rolling Daily Markets in our article Rolling Daily Spread Betting.

LSE Rolling Daily - Shares Trading Example

If we continue with the spread of 982.2p - 985.3p and assume that:
  • You've done your analysis of the equities market, and
  • Your analysis leads you to feel that the LSE shares are likely to rise above 985.3p
Then you might choose to buy a spread bet at 985.3p and invest, letís say, £3 per penny.

Therefore, you make a profit of £3 for every penny that the LSE shares go higher than 985.3p. However, such a bet also means that you will lose £3 for every penny that the LSE market moves below 985.3p.

Put another way, if you were to buy a spread bet then your P&L is worked out by taking the difference between the closing price of the market and the price you bought the market at. You then multiply that difference in price by the stake.

As a result, if after a few sessions the shares moved higher then you could consider closing your spread bet so that you can secure your profit. Taking this a step further, if the market rose then the spread, set by the spread trading firm, might move up to 1019.8p - 1022.9p. In order to close/settle your position you would sell at 1019.8p. Accordingly, with the same £3 stake you would make:

Profits (or losses) = (Closing Level - Opening Level) x stake
Profits (or losses) = (1019.8p - 985.3p) x £3 per penny stake
Profits (or losses) = 34.5p x £3 per penny stake
Profits (or losses) = £103.50 profit

Speculating on shares, by spread betting or otherwise, is not always simple. In this example, you wanted the share price to increase. Naturally, it might decrease.

If the LSE share price began to drop then you could choose to close your spread bet in order to limit your losses.

If the market dropped to 944.9p - 948.0p you would close your spread bet by selling at 944.9p. So your loss would be calculated as:

Profits (or losses) = (Closing Level - Opening Level) x stake
Profits (or losses) = (944.9p - 985.3p) x £3 per penny stake
Profits (or losses) = -40.4p x £3 per penny stake
Profits (or losses) = -£121.20 loss

Note: LSE Rolling Daily spread betting market correct as of 31-Oct-12.

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'LSE Spread Betting' edited by DB, updated 03-Oct-17

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