Although China's property prices and foreign direct investments (FDI) decreased by 2.5 percent and 17 percent, respectively, it did not get a negative response from the market. Contrary, the response was positive on the Asian market as market participants expect that the Chinese government will ease its monetary policy the property sector of the world’s second-largest economy. Furthermore, market participants were also content to see the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Russia and Ukraine to discuss conflict resolutions.

Rising global crude oil prices made Japanese energy stocks appreciate which subsequently made the Nikkei index rise as well.

Bank Indonesia's benchmark rupiah rate (Jakarta Interbank Spot Dollar Rate, abbreviated JISDOR) appreciated 0.10 percent to IDR 11,681 per US dollar on Monday (18/08).

| Source: Bank Indonesia