These were the biggest gains for the FTSE 100 in March

These were the biggest gains for the FTSE 100 in March

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The FTSE 100 rose 1% in March, lifting the UK’s largest stock index into the green for 2022 overall.

So how did the individual members of the FTSE 100 fare in March? Let’s take a look at the biggest increases of the month.

What companies make up the FTSE 100?

the FTSE100 consists of the 100 largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. ‘Largest’ is defined by market capitalization. National Grid, Ocado, ITV, HSBC and Experian are just some of the big name members of the index. You can visit the London Stock Exchange website for a complete list.

It is important to note that the values ​​of individual companies may, of course, change. For this reason, FTSE100 constituents are normally reviewed four times a year.

During the most recent shake-up of the FTSE 100, Evraz and Polymetal, two mining companies with interests in Russia, were removed from the index. Meanwhile, West African gold producer Endeavor Mining and cookstove supplier Howdens have joined the index.

Which FTSE 100 companies have risen the most in March?

Now that March has come to an end, let’s take a look at the best results of the month on the FTSE 100.

CompanySectorIncrease in March 2022 (%)
London Stock Exchange GroupBag20.35
pearson plcPublication14.07
glencore plcraw Materials13.24
Antofagasta plcMining12.20
AstraZeneca plcpharmaceutical products12.15
Pershing Square Holdings Ltd.investment trusts10.70
electrocomponents plcengineering8.94
aviva plcSure8.17
M&G plcInvestments7.68
GlaxoSmithKline plcpharmaceutical products7.47

Here’s a closer look at the top three.

1. London Stock Exchange Group

The biggest gainer in March was the London Stock Exchange Group, with its shares rising more than 20%. The company owns the London Stock Exchange, Refinitiv, LSEG Technology and FTSE Russell. It also has majority stakes in clearing company LCH and financial services firm Tradeweb.

Despite a weak start to the year, the London Stock Exchange Group’s share price is up 12% since the year began.

2. Pearson plc

Pearson plc is the world’s largest education company and a major book publisher. The company’s share price has enjoyed a recent surge, following news of a possible takeover by private equity firm Apollo.

Apollo has since backed out of the deal, following a failed £7bn bid. Despite this, shares in Pearson plc rose 14.07% in March. Since the turn of the year, Pearson shares are up a whopping 24.85%.

3. Glencore plc

Glencore plc is a mining and commodity trading company. Its main headquarters are in Switzerland, while its oil and gas division is based in London.

Glencore enjoyed a stellar March, with its share price up more than 13%. Since the start of 2022, Glencore’s share price is up a colossal 29%.

Which companies in the FTSE 100 have fallen the most in March?

CompanySectorAutumn in March 2022 (%)
ITV plcMedia-25.62
flutter entertainmentPlay-17.76
barclays plcBanking-17.19
Ocado Group plcOnline sales-15.11
barratt developments plcHouse construction-14.40
Coca-Cola HBC AGBeverages-14.13
admiral groupSure-13.57
KingfisherRetail sale-13.46
Melrose Industries plcManufacturing-13.29
royal mail plcpostal services-12.02

What can we learn from this data?

While it may be interesting to look at companies that have seen big changes in their share price over the last month, investment decisions should not be based solely on such information.

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