Top 50 FTSE stocks (Vol.1)

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Top 50 FTSE stocks (Vol.1)

 Top 50 FTSE stocks (Vol.1)
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Highlights

  • Investors looking for well-known and reliable stocks can look at large-cap stocks.
  • Large-cap companies often have a long financial performance history, sterling reputation etc. which can make them a less risky equity investment.

Investors looking to explore reliable stocks with a strong reputation can consider large-cap stocks. Such stocks usually have a robust financial performance history, are well known, and have several other benefits which make them a relatively safer option than their lower market cap counterparts.

Here we have compiled the list of the top 50 FTSE companies based on their market cap. Starting with the first top 25 FTSE stocks on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). 

  1. AstraZeneca PLC (LON: AZN)

AstraZeneca is an Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical major. The company’s co-developed vaccine with Oxford was among one of the first covid-19 vaccines to be approved for mass vaccination during the pandemic.

The company’s YTD 2021 total revenue (ex-pandemic vaccine) rose by 17 per cent on a year-on-year basis (CER), to US$ 23,187 million.  Its YTD 2021 Core earnings per share (EPS) rose by 23 per cent on a year-on-year basis (CER) to US$ 3.59.

The company has a market cap of £131,404.67 million and a one-year return of 6.78 per cent, as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 3.3 per cent, as of 27 January 2022.

  1. BHP Group PLC (LON: BHP)

BHP is an Anglo-Australian mining company. The company plans to simplify its corporate structure wherein the BHP Group, which is listed on the London Stocks Exchange (LSE) and BHP Group Ltd (which is listed in Australia) will become a single entity.

On 26 January, the company disclosed that BHP Group on the FTSE 100 index will be removed from the index effective from 31 January 2022.

The group’s copper guidance for FY 2022 is towards the lower end of its 1,590 kt to 1,760 kt range, while its iron ore FY 2022 guidance remains unchanged in the range of 249 Mt to 259 Mt, according to its operational review for the half-year ended on 31 December 2021.

The company has a market cap of £50,647.48 million and a one-year return of 15.13 per cent, as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 5.6 per cent, as of 27 January 2022.

Banking stocks

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  1. HSBC Holdings PLC (LON: HSBA)

HSBC is a global banking major. According to the company’s Bank of England 2021 stress test results, HSBC’s common equity tier 1 (CET1) capital ratio (on an IFRS 9 transitional basis) would reduce to a minimum level of 10.4 per cent.

This is higher than HSBC’s CET1 reference rate of 7.7 per cent.

The company has a market cap of £106,011.84 million and a one-year return of 34.93 per cent as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 4.4 per cent, as of 27 January 2022.

  1. Unilever PLC (LON: ULVR)

Unilever is among one of the biggest FMCG companies in the world. The group aims to streamline and simplify its business structure by shifting away from its matrix structure to 5 category-focused areas, including Beauty & Wellbeing, Personal Care, Home Care, Nutrition, and Ice Cream.

The company’s Q3 2021 underlying sales growth stood at 2.5 per cent compared to 2020. And its Q3 2021 turnover (as per GAAP measures) stood at EUR 13.5 billion, higher by 4.0 per cent from the previous year.

The company has a market cap of £98,110.63 million as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 3.2 per cent, as of 27 January 2022.

Mining companies

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  1. Rio Tinto PLC (LON: RIO)

Rio Tinto is a metals and mining major. The company’s net cash generated from operating activities, for the six months ended 30 June 2021, rose by 143 per cent to US$ 13,661 million, from US$ 5,628 million in the year before.

During the period, its free cash flow rose by 262 per cent to US$ 10,181 million, up from US$ 2,809 million in the previous year.

The company has a market cap of £67,823.96 million as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 5.9 per cent, as of 27 January 2022.

Alcohol group

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  1. Diageo PLC (LON: DGE)

Diageo is a beverage alcohol group with a multinational presence. Its H1 2022 net sales grew by 20 per cent (organic growth rate) to £7,957 million, up from £6,874 million in H1 2021.

The company has a market cap of £84,646.32 million and a one-year return of 25.36 per cent, as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 2.3 per cent.

  1. GlaxoSmithKline PLC (LON: GSK)

GlaxoSmithKline is a healthcare giant. The company’s Q3 2021 total operating profit was up by 15 per cent (at a constant exchange rate) to £1,938 million.

The company has a market cap of £82,109.06 million and a one-year return of 16.54 per cent, as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 5.4 per cent.

  1. BP PLC (LON: BP)

BP is an oil and gas supermajor. The company’s 9M 2021 (nine months) profit attributable to bp shareholders stood at US$ 5,239 million, reversing from a loss of US$ 21,663 million in the year before.

The company has a market cap of £ 77,567.72 million and a one-year return of 41.35 per cent, as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 6.8 per cent.

  1. British American Tobacco PLC (LON: BATS)

British American Tobacco is among one of the biggest tobacco, cigarette and other nicotine products manufacturer and seller. 

The company’s revenue growth (at constant currency) was higher than 5 per cent, according to its 2021 Second Half Pre-Close Trading Update note. The rise was due to strong revenue growth in its New Category segment.

The company has a market cap of £72,328.55 million and a one-year return of 16.55 per cent, as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 6.0 per cent.

  1. Glencore PLC (LON: GLEN)

Glencore is a Swiss-based metal and mining major. Its H1 2021 revenue rose by 32 per cent to US$ 93,805 million, up from US$ 70,961 million in H1 2020. Its H1 2021 adjusted EBITDA increased by 79 per cent to US$ 8,654 million, from US$ 4,833 million in H1 2020

The company has a market cap of £52,638.07 million and a one-year return of 58.57 per cent, as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 3.1 per cent.

  1. Anglo American PLC (LON: AAL)

Anglo American is a UK based mining company. Its Q4 2021 rough diamond production increased by 15 per cent to 7.7 Mct, up from 6.7 Mct in Q4 2020. Its Q4 2021 copper production lowered by 4 per cent to 161 mct, from 168 mct in Q4 2020.

The company has a market cap of £45,720.96 million and a one-year return of 36.79 per cent, as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 3.6 per cent.

  1. Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC (LON: RKT)

Reckitt Benckiser Group is a global consumer goods firm. Its Q3 2021 group net revenue rose by 3.3 per cent on a like-for-like basis to £3,275 million from the year before.

The company has a market cap of £44,393.57 million and a one-year return of 36.79 per cent, as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 2.6 per cent.

  1. Relx PLC (LON: REL)

Relx is an information and analytics firm. Its underlying revenue rose by 6 per cent, for the first nine months of 2021 on a year-on-year basis, according to its October 2021 trading update.

It forecasts its full-year underlying growth rates (across revenue, adjusted operating profit, etc.) to be higher than historical trends.

The company has a market cap of £43,225.34 million and a one-year return of 19.26 per cent, as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 2.4 per cent.

Stock Market

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  1. London Stock Exchange Group PLC (LON: LSEG)

London Stock Exchange Group is a stock exchange and financial information group. Its Q3 2021 gross profit (continuing operations) (on a pro-forma underlying basis) rose by 2.4 per cent to £1,555 million, up from £1,519 million in Q3 2020

The company has a market cap of £36,570.52 million as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 1.1 per cent.

Power generation companies

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  1. National Grid PLC (LON: NG)

National Grid is a gas and energy transmission and distribution firm. Its statutory operating profit, for the six months ended 30 September 2021, stood at £1,492 million, up from 960 million in the year before

The company has a market cap of £39,153.63 million and a one-year return of 24.17 per cent, as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 5.3 per cent.

  1. Lloyds Banking Group PLC (LON: LLOY)

Lloyds Banking Group is a banking major. Its profit before tax, for the nine months to 30 September 2021 period, stood at £5,103 million, compared to £620 million in the year prior, according to its Q3 2021 interim management statement.

The company has a market cap of £39,153.63 million and a one-year return of 24.17 per cent, as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 3.7 per cent.

  1. Prudential PLC (LON: PRU)

Prudential is a financial services company involved in life insurance and other offerings. Its Life new business profit (from continuing operations) in HY 2021 stood at US$ 1,176 million, up from US$ 912 million in HY 2020.

The company has a market cap of £34,755.85 million as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 2.5 per cent.

  1. Barclays PLC (LON: BARC)

Barclays is a UK-based bank.  The bank was found to be sufficiently capitalised by staying above its respective reference rates, according to its 2021 BoE stress test results.

Results were for both transitional and non-transitional bases for IFRS 9.

The company has a market cap of £33,873.47 million and a one-year return of 47.84 per cent, as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 2.2 per cent.

  1. Vodafone Group PLC (LON: VOD)

Vodafone is a UK based multinational telecommunication company. Its H1 2022 group service revenue growth was at 2.8 per cent year-on-year, while its H1 2022 adjusted EBITDAaL growth rate was 6.5 per cent year-on-year.

The company has a market cap of £33,633.57 million as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 6.6 per cent.

  1. Compass Group PLC (LON: CPG)

Compass Group is a multinational contract food services company. Its underlying revenue, for full-year ended on 30 September 2021, stood at £18.1 billion, compared to £19.2 billion in the year before.

The company has a market cap of £29,822.72 million and a one-year return of 20.94 per cent, as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 1.5 per cent.

 Building Material prices

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  1. CRH PLC (LON: CRH)

CRH is a diversified building material group. Its sales, for the nine months ended 30 September               2021, rose by 11 per cent to US$ 22.8 billion, y-o-y basis. During the period, its EBITDA rose by 15 per cent y-o-y to US$ 3.9 billion

The company has a market cap of £28,023.28 million and a one-year return of 16.48 per cent, as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 2.5 per cent.

  1. Natwest Group PLC (LON: NWG)

Natwest is a UK based bank. The bank’s low point for its CET1 ratio would have been 10.4 per cent, higher than its reference rate of 7 per cent, according to the bank’s BoE 2021 stress test results.

The company has a market cap of £27,488.28 million and a one-year return of 62.59 per cent as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 1.1 per cent.

  1. Experian PLC (LON: EXPN)

Experian is a global information services firm. Its total revenue from ongoing activities, for the three months ended 31 December 2021, was 15 per cent (at constant exchange rates).

The company has a market cap of £27,445.86 million and a one-year return of 14.38 per cent as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 1.6 per cent.

  1. Ferguson PLC (LON: FERG)

Ferguson is a UK based plumbing and heating products distribution company.

Its Q1 2022 adjusted net sales was at US$ 6,803 million, compared to US$ 5,372 million in Q1 2021.

The company has a market cap of £25,371.79 million and a one-year return of 30.12 per cent, as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 2.2 per cent.

Supermarket chain

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  1. Tesco PLC (LON: TSCO)

Tesco is among one of the largest supermarket chains in the UK. Its Group Retail, for the 19 weeks ended 8 January 2022, stood at 2.6 per cent on a 1 year like for like basis. And growth of 8.2 per cent on a 2 year like for like basis

The company has a market cap of £22,628.46 million and a one-year return of 23.23 per cent as of 27 January 2022. Its 5-year average dividend yield stands at 2.4 per cent.

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