London Stock Exchange

stock exchange in the City of London

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is a stock exchange in London, England. It is the biggest stock exchange in the Europe and third largest in the world.[1] It is the home of the FTSE 100 Index, as well as others.[2] The Exchange was opened in 1801 by Queen Elizabeth I. There are currently 2,938 companies from over 60 countries listed on the London Stock Exchange. The total value of these companies is £3.9 trillion.[3]

The London Stock Exchange

FTSE 100 IndexEdit

The FTSE 100 (often called 'foot-sie') is an important stock exchange in London, United Kingdom. It is like the Dow Jones Industrial Average in the United States. FTSE stands for Financial Times Stock Exchange. The 100 biggest companies in the United Kingdom are listed on it. The index took the place of the FT30 in January 1984.

It is calculated by computers in real time, and the cost of shares in the companies is reported every 15 seconds.


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