Share Dealing Statistics

All the latest stats on trading shares.

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Once you open a share trading account, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of companies available to buy shares in. We looked into the latest share dealing statistics to give the stock market a health check and to see just how many companies are listed on the stock exchange.

Quick overview

  • The total market capitalisation of the FTSE 100 is over £1.9 trillion.
  • The AIM primary market lists over 890 companies.
  • Over £114 billion has been raised on the AIM primary market since its inception in 1995.

What can you trade?

Once you’ve opened a trading account, there are a whole host of different companies you can choose to invest in. So what companies are available?

Only companies that have “floated” on the stock exchange can sell shares publicly. There are two main markets available in the UK: the Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 (FTSE 100) and the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).

FTSE 100

The FTSE 100 is the top 100 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and is often used as a gauge of the UK’s business economy. The FTSE 100 includes big names such as Barclays, Vodafone, easyJet and Sainsbury’s.

  • The FTSE 100’s record high was £7,877.45 on 22 May 2018.
  • The record low was £3,287.04 on 12 March 2003.
  • So far this year, the FTSE 100 has peaked at £7,686.61 on 29 July 2019.
  • The lowest point this year was on 3 January 2019 at £6,692.66.
  • The total market capitalisation of the FTSE 100 is over £1.9 trillion.

FTSE 100 performance over the last month

Date Price
08/07/19 7549.20
09/07/19 7536.47
10/07/19 7530.69
11/07/19 7509.82
12/07/19 7505.97
15/07/19 7531.72
16/07/19 7577.20
17/07/19 7535.46
18/07/19 7493.09
19/07/19 7508.70
22/07/19 7514.93
23/07/19 7556.86
24/07/19 7501.46
25/07/19 7489.05
26/07/19 7549.06
29/07/19 7686.61
30/07/19 7646.77
31/07/19 7586.78
01/08/19 7584.87
02/08/19 7407.06
05/08/19 7223.85
06/08/19 7171.69
07/08/19 7198.70
Data retrieved 08/08/19


The other option for trading shares is through the AIM, or Alternative Investment Market, a subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange. The AIM is a list of new growing companies that are less well known.

  • The primary AIM market now lists over 890 companies.
  • AIM’s market value is now standing at over £101 billion in 2019.
  • The AIM market has raised over £114 billion since its inception in 1995.

Market value of AIM primary market 1995-2019

Year Market Value (£m)
1995 2,382.40
1996 5,298.50
1997 5,655.10
1998 4,437.90
1999 13,468.50
2000 14,935.20
2001 11,607.20
2002 10,252.30
2003 18,358.50
2004 31,753.40
2005 56,618.50
2006 90,666.40
2007 97,561.00
2008 37,731.90
2009 56,632.00
2010 79,419.30
2011 62,212.70
2012 61,747.70
2013 75,928.60
2014 71,414.30
2015 73,076.60
2016 80,814.10
2017 106,882.30
2018 91,253.10
2019 101,385.90
Data retrieved 08/08/19

Which stocks are people buying?

So what stocks have people been buying over the last week? The latest figures from Hargreaves Lansdown show the most traded stocks by percentage of trades by their clients. Note that these figures are shown for your interest only and are not a guide for how you should invest.

Place EPIC Equity name %
1 LLOY Lloyds Banking Group plc 7.03
2 FRES Fresnillo 2.04
3 CNA Centrica plc 2.02
4 RDSB Royal Dutch Shell Plc B Shares 1.96
5 TCG Thomas Cook Group plc 1.31
Place EPIC Equity name %
1 VOD Vodafone Group plc 2.46
2 LLOY Lloyds Banking Group plc 1.58
3 TCG Thomas Cook Group plc 1.38
4 GSK GlaxoSmithKline plc 1.33
5 BP. BP Plc 1.11
Data retrieved 08/08/19

Warning: The value of investments can fall as well as rise, and you may get back less than you invested. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.


  • London Stock Exchange
  • FTSE Russell
  • Hargreaves Lansdown

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