Australia 200 S&P/ASX 200

The Australia 200 is FOREX.com’s market on the S&P/ASX 200, Australia’s main benchmark stock index. It tracks the performance of the 200 most-valuable stocks listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) by market cap and is managed by Standard & Poor’s (S&P).

The index is capitalisation-weighted, which means stocks with higher total values will have a greater impact on its price. In total, its constituents make up around 80% of the total value of the ASX and cover the financial, mining, tech and healthcare sectors.

Key constituents include Commonwealth Bank, BHP, CSL, and Westpac.

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Interesting facts

The AUS 200 consists of the largest 200 companies on the Australian Stock exchange and can be a good gauge of local investor sentiment. The larger the company by market capitalization, the greater its influence on the index. Australian mining stocks dominate the mix, along with a few large banking stocks.

Price drivers

Australia is a resource-based economy. Thus, global commodity demand, chiefly base metals, can have a significant impact on this index. Demand from China is particularly important for Australia’s mining sector, so the health and trade relationship with the world’s second largest economy should be taken into account when looking at the AUS 200. The Aussie dollar can also impact price action, as a high local dollar makes Australia’s goods less competitive. Also worth considering is the fiscal position of the government, monetary policy, the health of the global credit market (Australian banks rely heavily on offshore credit markets) and sentiment.

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