Contrary to Thursday's trading day (05/09) when the benchmark stock index of Indonesia (IHSG) opened strong but ended in the red, on Friday (06/09) it was the other way round. The IHSG started negative but ended the day 0.53 percent up to 4,072.35 points. Factors that made a negative impact on the IHSG were the continueing fall of the rupiah as well as speculation that Indonesia's foreign exchange reserves would decline again at end-August. However, a number of rising Asian indices influenced the IHSG in a positive way.
Trading volume and total value of transactions fell. Foreign investors continued to sell more Indonesian stocks than they bought, while domestic investors were net buyers of Indonesian stocks.
The Indonesian rupiah surpassed our support target level at IDR 11,190 against the US dollar due to investors' concerns ahead of the Federal Reserve's FOMC meeting which will discuss the future of the Fed's quantitative easing program as US economic data are improving. The possibility of an end to QE3 has been like a thunderstorm that struck global markets, particularly emerging markets such as Indonesia.
On the domestic side, market participants were happy to see Indonesia's foreign exchange reserves rising, although limited, to USD $92.99 billion at 30 August 2013 (from USD $92.67 billion in July). However, it is not sufficient to halt the decline of the rupiah.| Source: Bank Indonesia
Asian stock indices were up due to speculation about good US employment figures (although after Asian markets were closed it turned out that US employment grew slower than expected in recent months) and because of the rebound of the Indian rupee inflicted by the central bank's decision to allow more room for foreign loans.