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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 0.6% today, Afterpay share price down 7%

The S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX:XJO) dropped 0.6% today as ASX growth shares suffered selloffs. The Afterpay Ltd (ASX:APT) share price fell 7.2%. More »

Is the Coles share price still attractive after it surged to a record high today?

The Coles Group Ltd (ASX: COL) rallied to a record high today as it benefits from the COVID-19 outbreak. But is it too late... More »

Investor in your 30s? Buy these cheap ASX shares

ASX stock investors in their 30s have a long time to invest. Here are 3 growth shares which should look cheap in the future. More »

Top brokers pick the latest ASX small cap stocks to buy today

ASX small cap stocks are taking more of a beating today, but this is a chance to pick up some compelling buys at the... More »

Macquarie picks ASX stocks that can deliver positive earnings surprises next month

This reporting season will likely have more negative than positive surprises, but this doesn't mean these ASX stocks can't beat expectations. More »

Leading brokers name 3 ASX 200 shares to sell today

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

ASX 200 down 0.5%: Altium sales update, Afterpay tumbles, Breville shoots higher

Afterpay Ltd (ASX:APT) and Altium Limited (ASX:ALU) shares are making a splash on the ASX 200 on Tuesday. Here's what you need to know... More »

Breville share price surges as top broker reckons it’s worth $62 a share

The Breville Group Ltd (ASX: BRG) share price is bucking the ASX 200 sell-off as fears of a COVID-19 resurgence forced investors to retreat. More »

Is the Star Entertainment share price a good buy right now?

The Star Entertainment Group Limited (ASX: SGR) share price is under pressure right now but could it be a good value buy? More »

3 top ASX 200 blue chip shares to buy

In this article are three S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX:XJO) blue chip shares to buy for your portfolio for long-term returns and stability. More »


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:

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


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.