After rallying for three days to try to end on a new resistance level, the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IHSG) finally had to retreat. As we suspected, the index weakened after its record high. Moreover, American and European indices were weak on Thursday, thus influencing the performance of the IHSG on Friday. Lastly, a number of Asian companies reported weak corporate reports that subsequently impacted on Asian stock indices, including the IHSG.
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Jakarta-born Reza Priyambada studied economics and finance at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta and is currently a keen stock market watcher. Being head of research at Trust Securities, he is often consulted by Indonesian media to share his view on the performance of the Indonesia Stock Exchange.
|Institute|| Trust Securities
|Position|| Head of Research
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After three days of trying to reach a new resistance level, the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IHSG) finally ended above the level of 4500. Actually, it does not mark a new phenomenon as the IHSG had reached 4518.95 at the start of the week. However, back then it could not hold that level for long due to selling pressures. Despite mostly negative Asian stock indices, the IHSG managed to gain in strength as European stock markets opened positively, and due to many promising results of Indonesian companies.
The positive response of Asian stock markets towards manufacture data from Europe, and the rebound of American and European stocks turned the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IHSG) back into green territory. Positive market sentiments impacted - as usual - on commodity stocks, particularly mining stocks, and which thus gained the most: Vale Indonesia (INCO), Antam (ANTM), Timah (TINS), and Resource Alam Indonesia (KKGI) all increased significantly.
On Tuesday's trading day, the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IHSG) ended lower as widespread profit taking coloured transactions. Other Asian stock indices, such as the Nikkei (Japan) and Hang Seng (Hong Kong), fell hard and impacted on the performance of the IHSG. The publication of Indonesia's 2012 GDP growth also brought negative sentiments as its result (6.2%) was below expectations.
After experiencing various sentiments as well as profit taking, the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IHSG) eventually ended higher today than it had closed on Friday. During the trading day, however, it looked like it would end negatively for a while. Mixed Asian stock indices and fears of decline after the IHSG had reached record highs, made the index vulnerable. But due to strong purchases by foreigners and the impact of the positive openings of European stock indices, the IHSG booked a small gain.