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The S&P/ASX 200 Index (INDEXASX: XJO) is Australia’s benchmark share market index. Launched in April 2000, it comprises the largest 200 companies on the Australian Securities Exchange by float-adjusted market capitalisation. It is one of a number of indices published by S&P Dow Jones on Australian markets (called the S&P/ASX family of indices).

As with all indices, the ASX 200 is measured in points and tracks the combined movements of all 200 shares within the index. Quarterly balances are performed to ensure the shares included in the index meet its eligibility criteria.

Made up of 10 sectors, the index is largely dominated by the Financials and Materials sectors. The Financials sector alone makes up almost half of the index and includes the big four banks such as Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA). Materials is the second largest sector and includes companies such as BHP Group Ltd (ASX: BHP) and Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG).

Investing in the index is simple: investors can buy shares in any ASX 200-listed company through a broker, or buy into an exchange-traded fund (ETF), which tracks the index as a whole and is traded like a common share.

Latest ASX 200 News

ASX 200 drops on return of lockdown in Melbourne

The S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX:XJO) dropped after Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews announced that metro Melbourne was going back into lockdown. More »


These ASX shares are swept up by the new Victorian COVID-19 lockdown

The new Victorian COVID-19 lockdown took the wind out of the ASX 200 with several ASX stocks seeing a surge in late trading activity. More »


Why brokers have just downgraded BHP and these ASX stocks today

The BHP Group Ltd (ASX: BHP) share price is rallying even after a broker downgrade, although the same can’t be said for two other... More »


These 2 ASX medical shares are on the rise after major announcements

ASX medical shares have been in the spotlight lately with 2 dropping major announcements. Here's a closer look at what Mesoblast Limited (ASX: MSB)... More »


Here’s what ASX investors need to know about the RBA’s rate decision today

The RBA left the cash rate at a record low of 0.25% again but there are some takeaways from its monetary statement worth noting... More »


Leading brokers name 3 ASX 200 shares to sell today

Leading brokers have named Afterpay Ltd (ASX:APT) and two more ASX 200 shares as sells this week. Here's why they are bearish on them... More »


Where to invest $1,000 in ASX tech shares today

ASX tech shares like NextDC Ltd (ASX: NXT) have been on a bullish run in 2020. Here's where I'd invest $1,000 in tech today. More »


Why these ASX tech shares should be on your radar

ASX tech shares are leading the market comeback with the S&P/ASX All Technology Index up 90% since March. Here are 2 ASX tech shares... More »


3 quality ASX shares to buy right now with $3,000

If you have some spare cash to spend on ASX shares right now, here are at 3 great options. All 3 companies have very... More »


2 exotic ETFs for your ASX portfolio

Here are 2 hidden-gem ASX ETFs I think would be well placed in any ASX portfolio for their international diversifiaction and solid returns. More »


FAQ

What is the highest the ASX 200 has ever been?

As at the 29th May 2020, the highest the ASX has reached is 7,162 points on the 20th February 2020. This timing, coincidentally, was just before the 2020 Stock Market Crash began, and just over a month later on the 23rd March 2020, the ASX 200 index sat at 4,546 points; mainly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

View an up-to-date chart of the ASX 200 Index here.

What are the ASX's trading hours?

Normal trading for the ASX takes place from 10am to 4pm, Sydney time.

How many companies are in the ASX 200?

As of May 29 2020, there are 201 constituents in the index. However, it’s worth noting that the number of companies in the index does vary and, despite the name, does not always amount to exactly 200. On average, the index is rebalanced every quarter by Standard & Poors.

What are the biggest companies on the ASX 200?

As of May 29, 2020, the top 10 constituents in the ASX 200 by index weight are:

CONSTITUENT SYMBOL SECTOR
CSL Ltd CSL Health Care
Commonwealth Bank Australia CBA Financials
BHP Group Ltd BHP Materials
Westpac Banking Corp WBC

Financials

National Australia Bank Ltd NAB Financials
ANZ Banking Group ANZ Financials
Woolworths Group Ltd WOW Consumer Staples
Wesfarmers Ltd WES Consumer Discretionary
Telstra Corp Ltd TLS Communication Services
Transurban Group NPV TCL Industrials

 

How much is the Australian stock market worth?

With a market cap of around A$1.8 trillion (as of May 2020), the ASX is one of the world’s top 16 listed exchange groups.

What does the S&P/ASX 200 measure?

There are more than 2,000 companies listed on the ASX, with more being added regularly. The S&P/ASX 200 index tracks the performance of the largest 200 of those index-eligible companies (by float-adjusted market capitalisation) and is used as a reference point to measure the combined performance of their shares.

What shares can you buy and sell on the ASX 200?

You can buy and sell in any of the individual companies listed on the ASX. Generally this will be done through a broker.