Update COVID-19 in Indonesia: 365,240 confirmed infections, 12,617 deaths (19 October 2020)
19 October 2020 (closed)
USD/IDR (14,766) +6.00 +0.04%
EUR/IDR (17,281) -60.88 -0.35%
Jakarta Composite Index (5,126.33) +22.92 +0.45%
On Monday (04/11), Indonesia's benchmark stock index (IHSG) fell 0.21 percent to 4,423.29 points. Besides the negative influence of falling indices across Asia and foreign net selling of Indonesian stocks, the IHSG was also dragged down by the continued depreciation of the Indonesian rupiah exchange rate (against the US dollar). When US manufacturing data showed that manufacturing activity grew faster than expected in October, the US dollar gained and thus the rupiah became pressured.
Moreover, the market is increasingly speculating about an ending of the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing program (tapering) which contributed to the appreciation of the US dollar against the rupiah today. Particularly after seeing positive US manufacturing data and car sales, the market believes the US economy to be well on its way. Lastly, the rupiah was negatively affected by the continuation of Indonesia's trade deficit in September 2013.