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
Owen Raszkiewicz | January 12, 2017 10:50am
The S&P/ASX 200 (INDEX:^AXJO) (ASX:XJO) is set for a flat open Thursday morning. Shares in focus will include Bellamy's Australia Ltd (ASX:BAL) and BHP... More »
Ryan Newman | January 11, 2017 9:54am
PUSHPAY FPX NZX (ASX:PPH) has provided its third quarter update today More »
Ryan Newman | January 10, 2017 5:05pm
The market fell heavily, but a few stocks came out well on top More »
Ryan Newman | January 10, 2017 9:32am
Cochlear Limited (ASX:COH) enjoyed a strong session on Monday More »
Ryan Newman | January 9, 2017 5:05pm
Sirtex Medical Limited (ASX:SRX) released a business update today More »
Ryan Newman | January 9, 2017 3:09pm
Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX:CBA) and its rival banks have done much of the heavy lifting More »
Owen Raszkiewicz | January 9, 2017 1:42pm
The Dow Jones Industrial average hit an all-time high of 19,999 on Friday. Will the S&P/ASX 200 (INDEX:^AXJO) (ASX:XJO) hit a new high in... More »
Ryan Newman | January 9, 2017 11:38am
PUSHPAY FPO NZX (ASX:PPH) provided a business update this morning. More »
Ryan Newman | December 30, 2016 2:18pm
The gold miners provided plenty of spark today, but it wasn't enough to push the ASX 200 into positive territory 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 is the sector breakdown for the ASX 200?
The above chart is provided courtesy of S&P Global