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 | October 24, 2016 4:29pm
Healthscope Ltd (ASX:HSO) shares plunged again on Monday. More »
Mike King | October 24, 2016 2:55pm
These 12 companies could surprise the market over the long-term More »
Ryan Newman | October 24, 2016 8:17am
Healthscope Ltd (ASX:HSO) and SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited-Ord (ASX:SKC) will be in focus today. More »
Ryan Newman | October 21, 2016 4:41pm
Healthscope Ltd (ASX:HSO) and SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited-Ord (ASX:SKC) were a huge drag on the overall market today. More »
Mike King | October 21, 2016 1:03pm
Can these 12 companies repeat the performance over the next 3 years? More »
Ryan Newman | October 20, 2016 4:38pm
Shares of Reject Shop Ltd (ASX:TRS) plunged more than 12% today. More »
Ryan Newman | October 20, 2016 8:45am
Crown Resorts Ltd (ASX:CWN) will hold its Annual General Meeting today. More »