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Why Shell is once more the biggest company in the FTSE 100

by LLB Reporter
6th Jan 22 1:32 pm

Technology stocks, perceived future disruptors, cryptocurrencies and meme stocks are all a taking a bit of a hammering but the old economy seems to be alive and well, judging by how Royal Dutch Shell is once again the largest company in the FTSE 100 by market cap.

AJ Bell Investment Director Russ Mould said: “It may not be what environmental campaigners, politicians or the wider public want to hear, but oil prices are firm as energy demand rises and – for the moment at least – renewable and alternative forms of power are unable to take up the baseload slack.

  Company Market cap (£ billion)*
1 Royal Dutch Shell 133.0
2 AstraZeneca 130.1
3 Unilever 100.9
4 HSBC 97.0
5 Diageo 93.4
6 GlaxoSmithKline 80.2
7 BP 70.4
8 BAT 64.3
9 Rio Tinto 63.3
10 Glencore 51.2

Source: Refinitiv data. *Based on available float to trade on London Stock Exchange only.

“Unilever and AstraZeneca have both enjoyed top spot in the FTSE 100, based on market capitalisation, over the past 12 months but Shell is back on top again, buoyed by higher oil prices, which have recovered more strongly than anyone could have imagined after their pandemic-induced collapse in March 2020.

Source: Refinitiv data

“Oil is being supported by the combination of an economic recovery, hopes that the Omicron variant will not prove as dangerous as some of its predecessors, supply-side discipline at OPEC+ and public and political pressure not to drill for fresh finds of hydrocarbons. While this will surely bring long-term ecological, social and economic benefits, the short-term results could be higher energy prices if demand keeps growing and supply remains constrained.

“For now, markets seem to believe that oil’s renaissance is temporary.

“The FTSE All-Share Oil & Gas producers sector represents just 8% of the FTSE All-Share’s total £2.5 trillion market capitalisation (and the vast bulk of that 8% comes from Shell and BP).

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