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
Ryan Newman | December 1, 2016 9:27am
Will Vocus Communications Limited (ASX:VOC) continue its plunge? More »
Ryan Newman | November 30, 2016 4:31pm
Vocus Communications Limited (ASX:VOC) suffered another heavy decline today. More »
Ryan Newman | November 30, 2016 9:41am
Vocus Communications Limited (ASX:VOC) will remain in the spotlight today. More »
Ryan Newman | November 29, 2016 4:50pm
Shares of Vocus Communications Limited (ASX:VOC) lost almost a quarter of their value! More »
Ryan Newman | November 29, 2016 9:35am
Vocus Communications Limited (ASX:VOC) provided investors with a trading update. More »
Ryan Newman | November 28, 2016 4:56pm
Vita Group Limited (ASX:VTG) shares crashed nearly 17%. More »
Ryan Newman | November 28, 2016 9:44am
Metcash Limited (ASX:MTS) reported a 4.2% drop in earnings before interest and taxes. More »
Ryan Newman | November 25, 2016 9:27am
Boral Limited (ASX:BLD) shares collapsed on Thursday. Will they find support today? More »