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The London Stock Exchange website provides price information on all instruments that are traded on our main market, AIM, covered warrants and ETF’s, together with price information on a wide range of UK and international indices.

To comply with licensing agreements, the information that is available free of charge is delayed by at least 15 minutes (some of the international indices data may be delayed by more than 20 minutes to comply with their licensing agreements).

You can purchase Exchange Insight to view real time prices.

In addition to the current price, the site also provides the previous day’s close, information on any Special Conditions and the Trading status, details of the last five trades, company information (e.g. company address, listing date etc) trading information (e.g. which industry sectors or indices the company belongs to), historical share price performance and trading volumes.

Searching for a price
There are a number of different routes you can use to access the price information.

At the top of every page you will see a price search panel with the instruction “Quotes search”. Here you can enter the company name, a TIDM code, a SEDOL code or an ISIN code. The search results will then display a list of all companies matching your search criteria. Clicking on the company name will then take you to the detailed price page for that company.

If there are a large number of stocks that match your search criteria they will be displayed on several separate pages. Navigate your way through these pages by clicking on the page numbers at the top or bottom of the table.

A more specific search facility is available within the Prices & markets section by clicking on Stocks. From this page you can search by name or code. You can also further define your search based on industry sector or index, by market, by international or landMARKTM region.

When you are in the Stocks section you will see a number of options available e.g. AIM, landMARK, techMARK mediscience, Covered Warrants etc. These options will take you to the relevant price search page.

Company summary page
Wherever you see the name of a security, if you click on that name you will see the detailed price page for that stock. At the top of this page is the TIDM code and name, the currency that the stock is quoted in, the current date and time, the price, the change on the day and the percentage change on the day.

Price
The price in this context is the price of a tradable instrument. This is the last automatic trade, the last uncrossing price or the mid-price of the best bid and offer prices available for the security. This is not necessarily the definitive price at which you can buy or sell securities (see "What is the bid and offer price?"). If the stock has not had any trades or quotes during the current day, then the price shown is the previous day’s closing price. 

When a company has performed a corporate action (such as a consolidation, or bonus issue), the prices are rebased historically to ensure the price charts accurately reflect the performance of the security. This rebasing calculation also includes dividend payments made by the company.

Change and percentage change
The change is the daily change in the price of a security, i.e. the difference between the displayed price of a security and the last close price.

The percentage change is the daily change in the price of a security expressed as a percentage, i.e. the difference between the displayed price of a security and the last close price expressed as a percentage.

Bid and offer
The bid price is the buying price for securities in the market (i.e. the highest price any buyer is willing to pay for a specific tradable instrument at a given time). The investor will sell for this price.

The offer price is the selling price for securities in the market (i.e. the lowest price any seller has declared that they are willing to accept for a specific tradable instrument at a given time). The investor will buy for this.

Volume
This figure represents the cumulative volume for the day i.e. the total number of shares traded during the current day. A dash is used to identify the cumulative volume for some illiquid securities, and means that there has been no reported trades for that particular security (i.e. a cumulative trading volume of zero).

High and low
The daily high is the highest price reached by a given security or index during a given day, while the daily low is the lowest price reached by a given security or index during a given day. If there has been no price change during the day then the High and Low values will be the same as the previous day’s close.

Close
The closing price is the last price for a tradable instrument at the time the market closes. The closing price will be based on the results of the closing auction or the mid price of the best bid and offer prices at the time the market closes.

Trading status
Shows the current trading status for the particular security you are viewing. A list of all possible trading status is available here

Special conditions
It notifies whether the particular security you are viewing is in a special situation. An explanation of the possible special conditions is available here.

Trades
The last five trades for the particular security you are viewing. The table contains the price at which this trade was executed, the volume traded and the trade type. The date and time are also shown.

Fundamentals
The Fundamentals table contains important information and statistic data about the particular security you are viewing.

The Prices and trades page displays buy /sell indications for the trades - Please note this is only for on-book trade types.

Sometimes the last trade price will differ from the current price which may be due to this being a late reported trade (i.e. the trade was executed in the past but is only now being reported to the Exchange). To distinguish between these types of trades always look at the date, time and type of trade.

For further information on trade types, closing price and calculations please refer to the Millennium Exchange Business Parameters document which is available here.

Latest news stories
The five latest news stories for the particular security you are viewing. Click on the headline for the full text of the story.

Company information
This lists the company address, website (if available), market capitalisation (if available) and other information that’s specific to the company.

Trading information
The trading information explains which industry sectors, indices or market segments the security is a constituent of. The MiFID status of the security is also shown. It also shows the country of registration and the SEDOL and ISIN Codes (see Searching for a price).

Charting
The chart shows the historical performance of the security you are viewing over a one year period. You can change the time frame, and by using the drop down menu, you can add a 30 day or 90 day moving average or grid N.B. 30 day moving averages only apply to charts with a duration greater then one month, and 90 day moving averages only apply to charts with a duration greater then three months. You can also compare the current security with any other security, or with an industry sector or index using the dropdowns. You can zoom-in by click and dragging your mouse across the relevant part of the chart.

The shareprice charts on the site require you to have the latest version of Java installed on your PC. Click on the image below to go to the Java website, from there you can easily upgrade your Java version, free of charge:

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Rebasing
To ensure a share price chart shows an accurate reflection of the share price, the graph may be 'rebased' to take into account corporate actions that affect the price, but not the value. For example, companies may consolidate their shares in a 2 to 1 consolidation. For the investor, on the effective date of the consolidation, the volume of shares held in that company may half, but the value of the shares would double, leaving the holding value unchanged. However, an unbased chart would show a sudden jump in the share price. Rebasing smooths out the chart to provide a view of the share price performance unaffected by the technical changes caused by corporate actions. 


Number and value of trades
If the information is available you will see a bar chart showing the number or value of trades over differing time periods. You can use the drop down menu to display the information you need.

Index expiry changes

Monthly and quarterly index expiries occur through an Exchange Delivery Settlement Price (EDSP) intra-day auction, on the third Friday of the month or the quarter respectively. There are no updates to the FTSE 100 (monthly) and FTSE 250 (quarterly) during the index expiry period until securities revert back to continuous trading from the intra-day auction period. Index graphs for stocks listed on the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 will not be updated for a brief period on the following days:
 

  • On the third Friday of the month for the FTSE 100 Index Options  beginning at 10:10 and ending between 10:15 and 10:29  depending on market activity.
  • On the third Friday of every quarter (December, March, June and September) for the FTSE 100 and 250 Index Futures between 10:10 ending between 10:15 and 10:31 depending on market activity.


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