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Latest ASX 200 News, Chart & Price

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

Why these ASX stocks will be under the spotlight on Monday

Reluctance to be a first mover is now turning into a race for state premiers! The risk averse Victorian premier Daniel Andrews declared that the... More »


Got $2,000? Here are 2 ASX 200 healthcare shares to buy today

If you've got $2,000 to invest but don't know what to buy, check out these 2 ASX 200 healthcare shares for a good price... More »


Have $500 to invest? Then buy these 5 ASX 200 shares immediately

CSL Limited (ASX:CSL) and these five top ASX 200 shares could be great places to invest $500 right now. Here's why I like them... More »


What to watch on the ASX 200 next week

Costa Group Holdings Ltd (ASX:CGC) and Lynas Corporation Ltd (ASX:LYC) shares will be on watch on the ASX 200 next week... More »


How to tidy up your super in just 10 minutes this weekend

Here are 3 easy tips that anyone can use to tidy up their super this weekend! It could save you thousands of dollars over... More »


These were the worst performing ASX 200 shares last week

Austal Limited (ASX:ASB) and NIB Holdings Limited (ASX:NHF) shares were among the worst performers on the ASX 200 last week... More »


Where to invest $1,000 in ASX ETFs today

If you've saved up $1,000 and want instant diversification in the share market, look no further than these ASX ETFs to get you started. More »


These were the best performing ASX 200 shares last week

NRW Holdings Limited (ASX:NWH) and Nearmap Ltd (ASX:NEA) shares were among the best performing shares on the ASX 200 last week... More »


How these 3 ASX financial shares have proved their doubters wrong

Here's why these 3 ASX financials shares like Afterpay Ltd (ASX: APT) have doubled since March More »


How to use ASX shares to become a millionaire

Check out how an average investor can use a diversified ASX 200 share portfolio to become a millionaire in their retirement years. More »