Markets are bracing for another record high for the Australian market on Tuesday as a rebound in mining activity continues to support a rebound for other sectors, including food and drink and retail.
The benchmark S&P/ASX 200 is up about 9.6 per cent in the past week to 5,957.05.
The index is up 2.7 per cent over the previous 12 months.
It is also up 3.2 per cent since the last time the S&s index topped 1,000 in September.
The index’s recent rise has been driven by the recent surge in commodity prices.
“We have a strong rally in commodity.
The global economy is moving to a more balanced position,” said Alan Clark, chief economist at the Commonwealth Bank.
“The underlying economy is in a strong place, but we are seeing some weakness in the housing market and it is showing signs of picking back up,” he said.
In the past few weeks, commodity prices have jumped by up to 30 per cent on average, according to Bloomberg data.
As a result, the S+P/50 index is down about 20 per cent from its all-time high of 1,721.40 set in August 2017.
Aussie stocks are the best performers on the index, with a 2.2-per-cent gain over the past 12 months, according a Bloomberg survey of more than 5,000 Australian stock-index managers.
More: The Australian dollar has fallen about a cent since late July and has dropped more than 20 per a dollar against the dollar since the end of the financial year.
While the SMA has risen by less than 0.1 per cent, the dollar has been lower by about 0.3 per cent against the euro.
Australian investors have benefited from the continued strength of mining in recent weeks.
A new report from the National Australia Bank showed that mining companies are spending more than $5 billion in the last two months, compared with $2.6 billion in January.
According to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the total amount of mining and energy investments in Australia in the second quarter of 2018 was $1.4 trillion, with the largest investments being in oil and gas and mining infrastructure.
Economists are also predicting a sharp rebound in Australia’s manufacturing sector as the mining industry starts to return to its previous levels of output.
It is hoped that Australia’s strong economic recovery will continue to lift other sectors to new heights.
Australia’s mining boom is helping to support the rest of the economy, according the Commonwealth Fund.
Finance minister Scott Morrison said the country was on track to reach a peak of 7.5 per cent economic growth this year, with exports growing by a further 2.3 percentage points in the 12 months to March 2018.
However, it is unclear whether the Australian economy will continue on its current path of growth as a result of the ongoing mining boom.
David Mackay, a senior economist at IHS Markit, said the economy could suffer further contraction as the impact of the boom in coalmining on mining activity.
He warned that if mining remains weak, the Australian dollar could fall further, meaning exports and imports will become increasingly competitive.
Mackay also noted that there was a danger that Australia could find itself in a double bind in its ability to pay its debt.
“The economy is strong but there is still a lot of debt.
The government is spending heavily on infrastructure but the debt is still high and we can expect it to continue to increase in coming years,” he added.
‘A great opportunity’Australia is facing a major economic challenge, Mr Mackay said.
“It’s a great opportunity to put in a plan to tackle this.”
He said it was important for the government to take advantage of the opportunity that is ahead of it.
Analysts at Capital Economics said it would be very difficult to overstate the positive impact of Australia’s mining and construction boom on the economy.
“[The boom] is the strongest economic recovery in our history, the highest in terms of GDP, in terms to GDP, and the highest employment growth rate in 20 years,” it said.