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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, the ASX 200 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.

The ASX 200 is made up of 10 sectors but is largely dominated by the Financials and Materials sectors. The Financials sector alone makes up almost half of the ASX 200 and includes the big four banks such as Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA). Materials is the second largest sector in the index 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 ASX 200 as a whole and is traded like a common share.

Latest ASX 200 News

Best and worst stocks on the ASX today

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ASX surges higher

S&P / ASX 200 Index rises 1.5%, despite weak business conditions More »


ASX Hot Stocks: Billabong, Atlas Iron and RHG

ASX falls 0.7% as resources stocks hit More »


ASX Hot Stocks: Billabong, Linc Energy and Sirius

ASX rises 1.1%, recovering some of yesterday's big fall More »


Market crushed: $25 billion wiped off

ASX drops 2.2%, reversing Tuesday's gains More »


ASX Hot Stocks: Fairfax, Lynas and Fortescue

ASX rockets up 2.6%, the most in 18 months More »


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It’s going to be a great year for stocks, say analysts

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5 stocks drive ASX higher in 2013

ASX ends the 2013 financial year up 17.3%, but 80% of the gains came from just five companies More »