10 FTSE100 most trade-able shares


Well-known member
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I want to monitor a small number of FSE100 shares with a view to swing trading them soon.

So here's my question to the traders out there :

Which are the 10 best shares to trade ?

Answers gratefully received.



Junior member
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FTSE 100 stocks to trade

If you are going to be Spread-Betting then you want shares that show Volatility.
You can see this very well by looking at Candlestick charts. Just look at the size of the candles !
Also think about the time span you plan to trade - are you day trading or swing trading over a longer period ?
Some people are happy range trading using channels or Bollinger Bands - again look at the charts and you will find shares that show quite distinctive Support and Resistance levels - with the price 'ranging' between the two . Beware that eventually prices will break out and a new range will be created.

Hope this helps



Active member
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Hi ivorm

I don't actually swing trade FTSE stocks but I do monitor a handful of stocks and trade them using Options.

I looked for stocks with nice big moves (volatile) and smooth charts so they were good for TA.

My list at the moment appears to be a lot of banks:

ANL, AV., BARC, HBOS, HSBA, LLOY, STAN (also RBOS but I don't trade it)


Interestingly stocks go in and out of my list e.g. AZN is volatile - too volatile for my view, but is calming down so may come back into the list.

OGE is looking interesting but unfortunately there are no Options.

I use bog standard TA: Support and Resistance, Trendlines and Bollingers plus I like Patterns and Fibonacci for targets.

HTH - good luck


FTSE Beater

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Hi Ivorm

My top eight would be.

  • AVZ (Amvescap) - It follows the FTSE very well

    From the banking sector
  • BARC (Barclays)
  • RBS (Royal bank of Scotland)
  • ANL (Abbey National)

  • AZN (Astra Zenica)
  • GSK (Glaxo SmithKline)

  • CS. (Corus group) - I know it's not in the FTSE 100, but it trades very well on a long-term basis.

Sorry I can only think of 8.

HTH :)


Established member
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Top 10 for volatility according to Sharescope (tonights) are:



Well-known member
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A good way is to look at the volume associated with the stocks. I get very similar names as those above by picking stocks with jumps in on balance volume


Experienced member
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Best pick them from various sectors, still here are 6 of those I find most tradable: anl, bsy, rio, pson, avz, pru


Established member
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Hi Ivor,

Poor you, you seem to have a long list rather than a short one! Another thing I look at is the actual price of the share. I know what risks I am prepared to take with my account. For example I will take a 3% risk with my FOFLS trades because I know the system. For "hunches" I would only take a 1% risk. That to a certain extent makes some of the higher priced shares (although there are fewer of those about now) out of my price range to trade because I couldn't place the stop in my risk tolerance area.

Just another factor to throw in to the general confusion.


Well-known member
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Hi guys,

Thank you all for your replies. You've given me a good selection of shares that I can look at now and then narrow down to my list of ten to watch.

Helen : thanks as always for your comments, but what's 'FOFLS' (I bet I'll kick myself when you tell me !)



Experienced member
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Maybe it is also worth to distinguish between intraday/week/month swings, and then check charts accordingly, I usually trade them intrday, rarely hold for days...

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