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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. These rebalances take place in March, June, September and December.

The index is largely dominated by the Financials and Materials sectors. The Financials sector alone makes up almost a third 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.

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What is the highest the ASX 200 has ever been?

As 11 May 2021, the highest point the ASX had reached is 7,172.8. The previous high was 7,162 points on the 20th February 2020. This timing, coincidentally, was just before the 2020 Stock Market Crash began.

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 December 21 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 December 21, 2020, the top 10 constituents in the ASX 200 by index weight are:

  • Commonwealth Bank Australia, CBA, Financials
  • CSL Ltd, CSL, Health Care
  • BHP Group Ltd, BHP, Materials
  • National Australia Bank Ltd, NAB, Financials
  • Westpac Banking Corp, WBC, Financials
  • ANZ Banking Group, ANZ, Financials
  • Wesfarmers Ltd, WES, Consumer Discretionary
  • Macquarie Group Ltd, MQG, Financials
  • Woolworths Group Ltd, WOW, Consumer Staples
  • Transurban Group NPV, TCL, Industrials

How much is the Australian stock market worth?

With a market cap of around A$2.1 trillion (as of November 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.

What is the ASX 200 breakdown by sector?

As of December 21, 2020, the ASX 200 sector breakdown (based on GICS® sectors) is as follows:

  • Financials: 28.3%
  • Materials: 18.9%
  • Health Care: 11.4%
  • Consumer Discretionary: 7.4%
  • Industrials: 7.4%
  • Real Estate: 7.1%
  • Consumer Staples: 5.9%
  • Information Technology: 4.1%
  • Communication Services: 4.1%
  • Energy: 3.9%
  • Utilities: 1.5%