The S&P Dow Jones Indices has announced the various changes to the S&P/ASX indices, which will be effective on 24 December 2018.

Each index, like the S&P/ASX 200, is made up of the largest ASX businesses that fit into the index.

S&P/ASX 100 Index

The merger between TV business Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd (ASX: NEC) and media business Fairfax will see Nine enter the ASX 100. The combined entity plans to be a media powerhouse, challenge News Corp (ASX: NWS) and grow Domain Holdings Australia Ltd (ASX: DHG).

The other entrant to the ASX 100 is Worleyparsons Limited (ASX: WOR), it recently raised a lot of capital for a large acquisition. The bigger business is now big enough to enter the exclusive ASX 100 group.

However, to make space for Nine and Worleyparsons, two had to be kicked out. CSR Limited (ASX: CSR) and Harvey Norman Holdings Limited (ASX: HVN). The falling housing market is seemingly having on effect on the short term futures of both of them.

Make way for Coles Group Limited (ASX: COL)

The recent Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX: WES) divestment has entered straight into the S&P/ASX 20 and S&P/ASX 50. To make space for Coles, Origin Energy Ltd (ASX: ORG) has been kicked out of the ASX 20 and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (ASX: URW) has been ejected from the ASX 50.

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