Which are the top 5 FTSE 100 stocks now?

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Highlights

  • The FTSE100 index is the UK’s most popular index as the companies listed on it often pay healthy dividends.
  • The recession fear has been worrying investors amid UK inflation hit a new high of 9% in April.

The FTSE 100 index, which stands for Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 Index, includes the 100 largest public companies in the UK with the highest market capitalisation. It is the most popular index as the companies listed on it often pay healthy dividends. The market cap is calculated by multiplying the current market price with the total number of shares outstanding.

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The FTSE 100 is market-weighted, which means that the companies listed on the index are weighted as per their market capitalisation.

Investing in blue-chip companies has become a popular way to gain exposure to the UK stock market. The index is full of mining, fossil fuel, financial, and tobacco companies. The companies listed on it often offer high dividend returns to their shareholders.

Let us look at the top 5 FTSE 100-listed stocks as per their market capitalisation.

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  1. Shell Plc (LON: SHEL)
    1. Mcap: £179,058.32 million
    2. Dividend yield: 3%

The market cap of the multinational oil and gas company was £179,058.3 million as of 27 May 2022.  Shell Plc’s shares were trading at GBX 2,358.00, down by 1.91%, at 3 PM (GMT), on 27 May 2022. The company has given a significant return of 71.58% to its shareholders over the last one year and is offering a dividend yield of 3.3% as of 26 May 2022.

  1. AstraZeneca Plc (LON: AZN)
    1. Mcap: £163,406.47 million
    2. Dividend yield: 2.0%

The market cap of the patient-focused biopharmaceutical company was £163,406.47 million, as of 27 May 2022.  AstraZeneca Plc’s shares were trading at GBX 10,538.00, down by 0.08%, at 3 PM (GMT), on 27 May 2022. The company has given a significant return of 31.50% to its shareholders over the last one year and is offering a dividend yield of 2.0% as of 26 May 2022. 

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  1. HSBC Holdings Plc (LON: HSBA)
    1. Mcap: £105,603.22 million
    2. Dividend yield: 6%

The market cap of the British multinational financial services company stands at £105,603.22 million, as of 27 May 2022.  HSBC Holdings Plc’s shares were trading at GBX 532.80, up by 1.43%, at 3 PM (GMT), on 27 May 2022. The company has given a significant return of 19.35% to its shareholders over the last one year and is offering a dividend yield of 3.6% as of 26 May 2022.

  1. GSK Plc (LON: GSK)
    1. Mcap: £89,162.75 million
    2. Dividend yield: 4.2%

The market cap of the multinational pharmaceutical company stands at £89,162.75 million, as of 27 May 2022.  GSK Plc’s shares were trading at GBX 1,729.20, down by 1.40%, at 3 PM (GMT), on 27 May 2022. The company has given a significant return of 27.83% to its shareholders over the last one year and is offering a dividend yield of 4.2% as of 26 May 2022.

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  1. Unilever Plc (LON: ULVR)
    1. Mcap: £89,058.06 million
    2. Dividend yield: 1%

The market cap of the multinational fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company stands at £89,058.06 million, as of 27 May 2022.  Unilever Plc’s shares were trading at GBX 3,481.00, down by 0.20%, at 3 PM (GMT), on 27 May 2022. The company has given a negative return of 19.03% to its shareholders over the last one year and is offering a dividend yield of 4.1% as of 26 May 2022. 

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