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About the S&P/ASX200

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. These rebalances take place in March, June, September and December.

The index is largely dominated by the Financials and Materials sectors. The Financials sector alone makes up almost a third 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.

Recent ASX200 News

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5 things to watch on the ASX 200 on Wednesday

A better session is expected for local investors on Wednesday.

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Here are the top 10 ASX 200 shares today

ASX shares retreated for the second day in a row today.

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ASX 200 drops as RBA leaves interest rates unchanged at 4.35%

It could be the RBA's tough language that is spooking investors today.

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The ASX 200 is close to all-time highs, should I sell my shares?

Is it time to take some profits off the table? Here’s my view.

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These 3 ASX 200 shares just got some big broker upgrades!

Top brokers see a big year ahead for these three ASX 200 shares.

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Share Market News

5 things to watch on the ASX 200 on Tuesday

Another tough session is expected for investors today.

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Share Gainers

Here are the top 10 ASX 200 shares today

It was a brutal return to earth for ASX 200 shares today.

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Major ASX 200 Stocks List

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Frequently Asked Questions

As of 5 August 2021, the highest close the ASX has reached is 7503.2, and a highest intra-day peak of 7509.2 (both of which occurred on the 4th August, 2021).

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

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

As of April 30 2021, there are 200 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.

As of April 30, 2021, the top 10 constituents in the ASX 200 by index weight are:

  • Commonwealth Bank Australia, CBA, Financials
  • BHP Group Ltd, BHP, Materials
  • CSL Ltd, CSL, Health Care
  • Westpac Banking Corp, WBC, Financials
  • National Australia Bank Ltd, NAB, Financials
  • ANZ Banking Group, ANZ, Financials
  • Wesfarmers Ltd, WES, Consumer Discretionary
  • Macquarie Group Ltd, MQG, Financials
  • Woolworths Group Ltd, WOW, Consumer Staples
  • Rio Tinto Ltd, RIO, Materials

With a market cap of around A$2.4 trillion (as of April 2021), the ASX is one of the world's top 16 listed exchange groups.

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.

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

As of 30 April, 2021, the ASX 200 sector breakdown (based on GICS® sectors) is as follows:

  • Financials: 30%
  • Materials: 20.6%
  • Health Care: 10%
  • Consumer Discretionary: 7.9%
  • Industrials: 6.9%
  • Real Estate: 6.6%
  • Consumer Staples: 5%
  • Information Technology: 4.2%
  • Communication Services: 4.1%
  • Energy: 3.4%
  • Utilities: 1.3%