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FTSE 100 celebrates 30th anniversary

The FTSE 100 is celebrating its 30th anniversary, having first been launched on 3 January 1984 with a base level of 1,000.

The index replaced the FT30 as the main indicator for the performance of companies listed on London Stock Exchange.
The current combined market capitalisation of the FTSE 100 constituents is GBP1.87trn (as at 30 December 2013). In December 1985, the first available data, the market capitalisation was GBP164bn.
The highest end of day value reached to date is 6950.60, on 30 December 1999, while the index’s largest annual rise was in 1997, when it increased by 24.69 per cent over the course of the year.
The record end of day low in the last five years was 3529.86, on 5 March 2009, while the largest annual fall was in 2008, when the index dropped 31.33 per cent over the course of the year.

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