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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. 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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Latest ASX 200 News

ALL ORDINARIES finishes lower Wednesday: 8 ASX shares you missed

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index:^AXJO)(ASX:XJO) and ALL ORDINARIES (Index:^AXAO) (ASX:XAO) ended down on Wednesday, here are 8 ASX shares you missed. More »


Why this small cap ASX tech share skyrocketed 7% today

Here's why the FINEOS Corporation Holdings PLC (ASX: FCL) share price has risen by almost 7% today. More »


Which ASX shares have upgraded guidance this reporting season?

Here we take a look at six ASX 200 shares that have upgraded guidance this reporting season, and ask why.  More »


How to invest in ASX shares this week

Worried about the ASX share market falling? You're not alone. Here's how to invest this week More »


Why now could be a great time to buy CSL shares

With the S&P/ASX 200 Index (INDEXASX: XJO) down sharply again today, here's why I think now could be a great time to buy shares... More »


3 all-star ASX dividend shares looking cheap today

Here's why I'm watching Coles Group Ltd (ASX: COL) and these ASX dividend shares today. More »


The Fortescue share price is a value investing dream today

The fall in ASX share prices makes Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) an outstanding value investing opportunity with a high interim dividend yield... More »


ASX 200 lunch update: InvoCare & Healius higher, Woolworths lower

Healius Ltd (ASX:HLS), InvoCare Limited (ASX:IVC), and Woolworths Group Ltd (ASX:WOW) shares are on the move on the ASX 200 on Wednesday... More »


Coronavirus: Is there safety anywhere on the ASX?

The share market continues to be volatile because of the coronavirus, is there safety anywhere on the ASX? More »


Why Nine Entertainment shares are soaring 8% today

The Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd (ASX:NEC) share price is soaring higher this morning after the media company released 1H20 results. More »


FAQ

What is the highest the ASX 200 has ever been?

As 19 October 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 June 30 2020, there are 202 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 June 30, 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, Financials
  • National Australia Bank Ltd, NAB, Financials
  • ANZ Banking Group, ANZ, Financials
  • Wesfarmers Ltd, WES, Consumer Discretionary
  • Woolworths Group Ltd, WOW, Consumer Staples
  • Macquarie Group Ltd, MQG, Financials
  • Transurban Group NPV, TCL, Industrials

How much is the Australian stock market worth?

With a market cap of around A$1.9 trillion (as of June 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 June 30, 2020, the ASX 200 sector breakdown (based on GICS® sectors) is as follows:

  • Financials: 27.3%
  • Materials: 19.5%
  • Health Care: 12.2%
  • Industrials: 7.4%
  • Consumer Discretionary: 6.9%
  • Real Estate: 6.6%
  • Consumer Staples: 6.5%
  • Communication Services: 4.1%
  • Energy: 4%
  • Information Technology: 3.5%
  • Utilities: 1.9%