Top Trading Tips For The FTSE 100 Index This Week

The FTSE 100 index represents the top UK companies, but not all of them are performing optimally – Glencore PLC is a case in point. The FTSE 100 index is currently trading at 6,371.18, with over 552.53 million shares traded, and a year-to-date change of +0.49%. While this pales in comparison to top performing individual stocks and Asian stock markets, it is nonetheless a solid performer given the tumultuous activity in global markets since August. Between January 2015 and April 2015, the FTSE 100 index gained 6.39%, followed by a 3.72% drop between April 2015 and July 2015. From July through to the present day the FTSE 100 index has slid by 2.3%, but it is currently on an upward trajectory. My gut instinct tells me that short-term bulls will dominate the market, and ultimately so will long-term bulls. The shocks that we witnessed from the May highs to the September lows were largely the result of the China equities rout that decimated markets around the world.

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The top/bottom performing equities in the FTSE 100

The constituent components of the FTSE 100 have fared poorly of late, although the 1-year percentage change in value for many of them has been positive. The Top 5 performers in the FTSE 100 index (by percentage appreciation) over the past 1 year include:

  • Taylor Wimpey PLC– up 82.25% over 1 year
  • Barratt Developments PLC – up 66.76% over 1 year
  • Berkeley Group Holdings PLC – up 55.60% over 1 year
  • Sage Group PLC – up 49.67% over 1 year
  • Hargreaves Lansdowne PLC – up 45.35% over 1 year

By contrast, the bottom 5 performers in the FTSE 100 index (by percentage depreciation) over the past 1 year include:

  • Glencore PLC – down 61% of 1 year
  • Anglo American PLC – down 47.82% over 1 year
  • Standard Chartered PLC – down 30.54% over 1 year
  • BHP Billiton PLC – down 21.71% over 1 year
  • Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB) – down 19.66% over 1 year
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