Impact of Oil Price on Australian Stock Market Returns
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We observe a positive correlation between an oil price factor and the All Ordinaries Index of the Australian stock market. Furthermore, an asymmetrical effect is observed when the sample is divided into sub-periods. A more pervasive stock market response is observed when the price of oil displays a positive trend. We also study the influence of oil shocks on the stock returns of specific Australian industries. As expected, the energy and material sectors exhibit a positive response to oil disturbances, whereas the financial and industrial sectors show a negative relation to oil shocks. The utility and consumer discretionary sectors exhibit a lower sensitivity to oil shocks.