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
Ryan Newman | October 5, 2015 1:13pm
BHP Billiton Limited (ASX:BHP) is driving the S&P/ASX 200 (Index:^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) higher today More »
Mike King | October 2, 2015 2:31pm
With the S&P/ASX 200 down 4.3% in September, this company saw its share price rise 36% More »
Mike King | October 2, 2015 1:32pm
With mouth-watering fully franked dividends grossing up to more than 8%, the big four are looking attractive More »
Mike King | October 2, 2015 11:08am
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 »
Ryan Newman | September 30, 2015 1:20pm
The S&P/ASX 200 (Index:^AXJO) (ASX:XJO) is on the way up, but it hasn't been smooth sailing. More »