Indonesia's main stock index (IHSG) fell 0.86 percent to 4,777.45 on Monday (01/07) as eight of the nine sectoral indices weakened. Only Indonesia's finance index managed to post an upward movement. Several big cap stocks ended the trading day with large losses, such as Unilever Indonesia (-3.90%) or Telekomunikasi Indonesia (-3.11%). The consumption sector was one of the worst performing sectors in Indonesia yesterday as can be seen in Indofood Sukses Makmur's shares, which fell 6.80 percent.
Most emerging markets in Asia, however, rose on Monday (01/07) because foreign investors are slowly coming back to emerging economies as they start to doubt that an end to the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing program will come soon. Indonesia was not able to join that green wave across part of Asia. Mixed sentiments in southeast Asia's largest economy were caused by the higher June inflation figure. Although not as high as most analysts expected, the figure now stands at 5.90 percent (year on year). However, the largest impact of the increase in subsidized fuel prices on Indonesia's inflation rate is still to be felt in the months ahead.
Positive data about the US economy made US indices rise on Monday (01/07). The Dow Jones index gained 0.4 percent, S&P 500 rose 0.5 percent and Nasdaq 0.9 percent. The Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), which indicates growth of the US industry, posted growth in June after a sudden contraction in May. Moreover, construction spending in the USA grew and has almost reached its highest position in four years. Therefore, after concerns about the quantitative easing program, investors now see different reasons to enter the market.
The first day of the third quarter started mixed for most European indices as weak industry data from China colored market sentiments. Growth of China's industry weakened further last month. Moreover, unemployment in the Eurozone stood at 12.1 percent in May. However, positive data from the USA turned most European indices into positive territory.