Which are the top 20 ASX-listed companies by market capitalisation?

Summary 

  • The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is among the ten largest international securities exchanges by value.
  • Banking and financial services entity Commonwealth Bank of Australia is the top player with AU$174.55B market capitalisation.
  • Global resources player BHP Group and healthcare behemoth CSL Limited join Commonwealth Bank on the podium with second and third positions.
  • The Big Four banks are amongst the top six companies.

Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is the largest market for interest rate derivatives in Asia and among the top five exchanges across the globe for raising capital. The largest ASX-listed companies significantly impact the economy of Australia and the vitality of the region. The biggest players in the ASX are aggregated in the ASX 200, generally considered the benchmark index.

The table below shows the top 20 ASX-listed players as defined by their market capitalisation as of 14 July 2021-

Commonwealth Bank (ASX:CBA)

ASX-listed major banking and financial services entity Commonwealth Bank of Australia includes segments such as business and private banking, institutional banking and markets, general insurance business, retail banking services, and wealth management. 

On 1 July 2021, CBA advises the details for the next interest payment with a 3.36% interest rate per annum payable on 30 September 2021.

BHP Group Limited (ASX:BHP)     

ASX-leading global resources player BHP Group has its key operations as an iron ore miner and oil player. On 6 July 2021, the Company disclosed the appointment of Prakash Kakkad as company secretary of BHP Group Limited and BHP Group Plc, and John-Paul Santamaria as company secretary of BHP Group Limited effective 7 July 2021.

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CSL Limited (ASX:CSL)

Leading global biotech company CSL develops innovative biotherapies and influenza vaccines that save lives and help people with life-threatening medical conditions. The Company is a leading provider of in-licensed vaccines and focuses on rare and serious diseases and influenza vaccines.

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Westpac Banking Corporation (ASX:WBC)

ASX-listed banking and financial services related company Westpac Banking disclosed on 6 July 2021 that it has agreed with Fidelity Life Assurance Company Limited to sell Westpac Life-NZ- Limited. Westpac has also entered a distribution agreement for 15 years to distribute life insurance products to New Zealand customers.

National Australia Bank (ASX:NAB)

ASX listed National Australia Bank is engaged in providing banking and business banking-related services. On 13 July 2021, NAB confirms that it is under discussions with Citigroup for the impending acquisition of its Australian Consumer business.

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ANZ Banking Group (ASX:ANZ)

Customers banking and financial products and service provider Australia and New Zealand Banking Group is one of the main lenders in the financial sector of Australia. On 8 July 2021, the Group announced that it would pay its dividend (fully franked) amounting to AU$0.4293 on 20 September 2021.

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Fortescue Metals Group (ASX:FMG)

Iron ore mining company Fortescue Metals Group is engaged in the exploration, production, processing as well as sale of iron ore.

On 6 July 2021, the Company disclosed that Fortescue Future Industries, a 100% renewable green energy and industry initiative of Fortescue Metals, had delivered ambitious stretch targets for initial decarbonisation projects.

Wesfarmers Limited (ASX:WES)   

Wesfarmers Limited has diverse business operations, including convenience stores, hotels, supermarkets, liquor, and others.

On 12 July 2021, Wesfarmers announced that the Company had submitted a non-binding, indicative offer to acquire 100% shares outstanding in Australian Pharmaceutical Industries Limited (ASX:API) for AU$1.38 per share by way of a scheme of arrangement.

Macquarie Group (ASX:MQG)

ASX-listed financial services provider Macquarie Group provides services to banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management segments. On 8 July 2021, Macquarie disclosed the binding agreement of Macquarie Asset Management for the acquisition of Global Equity and Fixed Income (GEFI) business from AMP Capital.

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Woolworths Group Limited (ASX:WOW)

ASX-listed major Australian supermarket segment player Woolworths is a diverse group of retail businesses. On 1 July 2021, Woolworths announced the demerger of Endeavour Group Limited and trading of Endeavour shares has started on the same day.

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Rio Tinto Limited (ASX:RIO)

Leading global mining group Rio Tinto is focused on finding, mining as well as processing the Earth's mineral resources. On 7 July 2021, the Company disclosed the appointment of Isabelle Deschamps as new Chief Legal Officer & External Affairs; she will join Rio on 25 October 2021.

Telstra Corporation Limited (ASX:TLS)

Telstra Corporation offers telecommunications and information services, including mobiles, internet, and pay television. On 1 July 2021, the Company announced it had sold 49% of its Towers business.

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Transurban Group (ASX:TCL)

Industrial sector player Transurban Group is engaged in the development and operation of toll roads and intelligent transport systems. On 30 June 2021, S&P Global Ratings announced that it had affirmed the rating for Transurban Finance Company at ‘BBB+’ and revised the rating outlook from Negative to Stable.

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Goodman Group (ASX:GMG)

Real estate sector player Goodman Group is engaged in the funds management business. In its quarterly operational update for Q3 FY21, the Group highlighted that it is well-positioned financially with significant liquidity and low gearing and anticipates FY21 operating profit to be AU$1.2 billion, representing 12% EPS growth on FY20.

Afterpay Limited (ASX:APT)

ASX-listed leader in BNPL (Buy Now, Pay Later) payments Afterpay Limited is transforming the way of payment by allowing customers to get the products immediately and pay over the instalments. On 23 June 2021, the Company revealed that it had expanded its service to the largest US online brands, including Amazon, CVS, Dell, Kroger, Macy’s, Nike, Sephora, Target, Victoria’s Secret, Walgreens, and Yeti.

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Aristocrat Leisure (ASX:ALL)

Gaming solutions provider Aristocrat Leisure is engaged in the manufacturing and sale of gaming machines in Australia and globally. On 15 June 2021, Aristocrat Leisure announced receipt of required regulatory pre-approvals for the onboarding of Ms Kristy Jo as Company Secretary. The Company also revealed the resignation of Ms Tracey Elkerton from Company Secretary.

Coles Group Limited (ASX:COL)

Coles Group is a leading Australian retailer with more than 2,500 retail outlets across the nation. On its investor strategy day presentation, the Company updated that it is on track to deliver cumulative smarter selling benefits in excess of AU$550 million by FY21. Coles Group also stated that it continues to target AU$1 billion by FY23, excluding COGS benefits.

Woodside Petroleum Ltd (ASX:WPL)

ASX-listed energy sector player Woodside Petroleum is the largest Australian natural gas producer and has a global presence for its key oil and gas assets. On 7 July, the Company announced that it had completed the acquisition of the entire participating interest of FAR Senegal RSSD SA in the Rufisque Offshore, Sangomar Offshore and Sangomar Deep Offshore joint venture.

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REA Group Ltd (ASX:REA)

Leading global digital business REA Group is specialising in property working to change the way the world experiences property. On 1 July 2021, REA Group announced that the Company had completed the acquisition of Mortgage Choice Limited.

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Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX:NCM)

Australian-based corporation Newcrest Mining is engaged in the exploration, development, mining and sale of gold and gold-copper concentrate.

On 5 July 2021, NCM advised that a localised seismic event occurred in the Eastern end of Panel Cave 2 on 2 July. The localised seismic event is anticipated to have no impact on the production of gold or copper in FY22.

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