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 28, 2016 4:40pm
Woolworths Limited (ASX:WOW) finally reported comparable sales growth at its supermarkets today. More »
Ryan Newman | October 28, 2016 8:46am
A number of blue-chip shares will be in focus today, including Woolworths Limited (ASX:WOW). More »
Ryan Newman | October 27, 2016 4:41pm
APN News and Media Limited (ASX:APN) had its turn in the spotlight today. More »
Ryan Newman | October 27, 2016 8:28am
Ardent Leisure Group (ASX:AAD) will hold its Annual General Meeting today. More »
Ryan Newman | October 26, 2016 4:42pm
Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX:WES) shares were slammed 5.7% today. More »
Ryan Newman | October 26, 2016 9:46am
Ardent Leisure Group (ASX:AAD) will be in the spotlight after Tuesday's tragedy at Dreamworld. More »
Ryan Newman | October 25, 2016 4:59pm
It was Bega Cheese Ltd's (ASX:BGA) turn in the spotlight on Tuesday. More »
Ryan Newman | October 25, 2016 9:15am
Healthscope Ltd (ASX:HSO) shares have lost almost a quarter of their value since Friday. More »