How we select which companies to rank
Webranking by Comprend ranks the largest companies in Europe based on market capitalization. The selection is based on the STOXX All Europe list, from which we pick the 500 largest companies to rank - we call the list Europe 500.
In addition to the Europe 500 list, we rank the 100 largest companies globally (Global 100), which is based on STOXX Global.
Based on the demand, we increase the lists in some countries, for example in the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. For these countries we use STOXX as our base, but also local stock exchange information. For the United Kingdom we have selected the 200 largest companies according to STOXX, but also according to FTSE 100 and FTSE 250, which in 2018 gave a total of 214 companies. In the Nordic countries we have, in addition to STOXX, based the selection on an average market cap according to Nasdaq over a period of two weeks.
How STOXX works
STOXX All Europe indices include companies from the following countries across the continent: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, UK. We have included the 500 largest companies by market cap, according to STOXX, as of 1 May 2018.
We have attempted to use distinctions of country allocations that are similar to the ones previously used by the Financial Times. As such, incorporation and markets listing tend to be the most prominent factors when allocating a company to a country, although this is not always the case. We have taken factors such as location of the head office and contact details for Investor Relations and Press officials into account when deciding company allocation in cases where a company is connected to several countries.
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