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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

ALL ORDINARIES finishes higher Thursday: 8 shares you missed

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index:^AXJO)(ASX:XJO) and ALL ORDINARIES (Index:^AXAO) (ASX:XAO) finished higher on Thursday. More »


5 things to watch on the ASX on Thursday

AusCann Group Holdings Ltd (ASX:AC8), Oil Search Limited (ASX:OSH), and QBE Insurance Group Ltd (ASX:QBE) shares will be on watch on Thursday. Here's what... More »


ALL ORDINARIES finishes lower Wednesday: 8 shares you missed

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index:^AXJO)(ASX:XJO) and ALL ORDINARIES (Index:^AXAO) (ASX:XAO) finished lower on Wednesday. More »


5 things to watch on the ASX on Wednesday

The shares of Bellamy’s Australia Ltd (ASX:BAL), Sirtex Medical Limited (ASX:SRX), and Worleyparsons Limited (ASX:WOR) will be on watch on Wednesday. Here’s what you... More »


ALL ORDINARIES finishes higher Tuesday: 8 shares you missed

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index:^AXJO)(ASX:XJO) and ALL ORDINARIES (Index:^AXAO) (ASX:XAO) finished higher on Tuesday. More »


5 things to watch on the ASX on Tuesday

Amaysim Australia Ltd (ASX:AYS), Atlas Arteria Group (ASX:ALX), and Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX:WPL) shares will be on watch on Tuesday. Here's what you need... More »


ALL ORDINARIES finishes lower Monday: 8 shares you missed

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index:^AXJO)(ASX:XJO) and ALL ORDINARIES (Index:^AXAO) (ASX:XAO) finished lower on Monday. More »


5 things to watch on the ASX on Monday

CSL Limited (ASX:CSL), Ramsay Health Care Limited (ASX:RHC), and ResMed Inc (ASX:RMD) will be on watch on Monday. Here's what you need to know... More »


ALL ORDINARIES finishes lower Friday: 8 shares you missed

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index:^AXJO)(ASX:XJO) and ALL ORDINARIES (Index:^AXAO) (ASX:XAO) finished lower on Friday. More »


5 things to watch on the ASX on Friday

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (ASX:API), Sigma Healthcare Ltd (ASX:SIG), and Virtus Health Ltd (ASX:VRT) shares will be on watch on Friday. Here's what you... 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.