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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

These were the worst performing ASX 200 shares in FY 2020

Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd (ASX:FLT) and G8 Education Ltd (ASX:GEM) were among the worst performers on the ASX 200 in FY 2020... More »


Can the Coles share price climb 12% again in July?

The Coles Group Ltd (ASX: COL) share price rocketed 11.8% higher in June but will the strong momentum continue into this month? More »


The Fortescue share price rose 51% in FY20. Too late to buy?

Here's why the Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX :FMG) share price rose more than 50% in FY2020. Are Fortescue shares a buy today? More »


Up nearly 33% in 12 months. Can the CSL share price climb higher?

The CSL Limited (ASX: CSL) share price rocketed 32.53% higher in FY20 but is the Aussie biotech positioned for more growth this year? More »


Afterpay and these shares were the best performers on the ASX 200 in June

Afterpay Ltd (ASX:APT) and these shares were the best performers on the ASX 200 in June. Here's why they smashed the market last month... More »


Webjet and these shares were the worst performers on the ASX 200 in June

Webjet Limited (ASX:WEB) and these ASX shares were among the worst performers on the ASX 200 in June. Here's why they sank lower... More »


5 things to watch on the ASX 200 on Wednesday

Nufarm Limited (ASX:NUF) and Westpac Banking Corp (ASX:WBC) shares will be on watch on the ASX 200 on Wednesday... More »


ASX 200 rises 1.4%, Collins Foods delivers tasty returns

The S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX:XJO) went up 1.4%, with the Collins Foods Limited (ASX:CKF) share price up 12.7% after releasing its FY20 report. More »


Why the Telstra share price lost 18% in FY20

The Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX :TLS) share price has lost 18% over the course of FY2020. What's in store for Telstra in FY21? More »


Why the TPG share price is up 38% in FY20

TPG Telecom Ltd (ASX: TPM) shares have returned 38% in FY2020. Can the TPG share price keep the magic going in FY21 for ASX... More »


FAQ

What is the highest the ASX 200 has ever been?

As at the 29th May 2020, the highest the ASX has reached is 7,162 points on the 20th February 2020. This timing, coincidentally, was just before the 2020 Stock Market Crash began, and just over a month later on the 23rd March 2020, the ASX 200 index sat at 4,546 points; mainly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

View an up-to-date chart of the ASX 200 Index here.

What are the ASX's trading hours?

Normal trading for the ASX takes place from 10am to 4pm, Sydney time.

How many companies are in the ASX 200?

As of May 29 2020, there are 201 constituents in the index. However, it’s worth noting that the number of companies in the index does vary and, despite the name, does not always amount to exactly 200. On average, the index is rebalanced every quarter by Standard & Poors.

What are the biggest companies on the ASX 200?

As of May 29, 2020, the top 10 constituents in the ASX 200 by index weight are:

CONSTITUENT SYMBOL SECTOR
CSL Ltd CSL Health Care
Commonwealth Bank Australia CBA Financials
BHP Group Ltd BHP Materials
Westpac Banking Corp WBC

Financials

National Australia Bank Ltd NAB Financials
ANZ Banking Group ANZ Financials
Woolworths Group Ltd WOW Consumer Staples
Wesfarmers Ltd WES Consumer Discretionary
Telstra Corp Ltd TLS Communication Services
Transurban Group NPV TCL Industrials

 

How much is the Australian stock market worth?

With a market cap of around A$1.8 trillion (as of May 2020), the ASX is one of the world’s top 16 listed exchange groups.

What does the S&P/ASX 200 measure?

There are more than 2,000 companies listed on the ASX, with more being added regularly. The S&P/ASX 200 index tracks the performance of the largest 200 of those index-eligible companies (by float-adjusted market capitalisation) and is used as a reference point to measure the combined performance of their shares.

What shares can you buy and sell on the ASX 200?

You can buy and sell in any of the individual companies listed on the ASX. Generally this will be done through a broker.