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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 index 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

Market Wrap: S&P/ASX 200 roars higher

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index:^AXJO) (ASX:XJO) soared higher; BHP Billiton Limited (ASX:BHP) and Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX:NCM) come to the party More »

S&P/ASX 200 explodes: Is the worst over for Australian investors?

BHP Billiton Limited (ASX:BHP) is driving the S&P/ASX 200 (Index:^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) higher today More »

6 stocks for your watch list in October

There is no better time to start investing than now! More »

And the best performing ASX 200 stock of September was…

With the S&P/ASX 200 down 4.3% in September, this company saw its share price rise 36% More »

The big four banks are getting cheaper: Time to buy?

With mouth-watering fully franked dividends grossing up to more than 8%, the big four are looking attractive More »

How to protect your share portfolio from volatility

The S&P/ASX 200 is down 14% since late April, and more than half the trading days since July have seen moves of more than... More »

Market Wrap: ASX extends relief rally

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index:^AXJO) (ASX:XJO) regained more lost ground today, led by a chorus of blue-chip stocks. More »

Why now is a great time to buy ASX shares

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index:^AXJO) (ASX:XJO) is down 16% since April More »

4 ASX stocks soaring today

S&P/ASX 200 jumps 2.1% to close above the 5,000 mark More »

A relief rally for the S&P/ASX 200: but will it last?

The S&P/ASX 200 (Index:^AXJO) (ASX:XJO) is on the way up, but it hasn't been smooth sailing. More »