The Jakarta Composite Index (Indonesia's benchmark stock index which is also known as the IHSG) gained 0.53 percent on Friday (29/11) and ended on 4,256.43 points. Today's trading day was relatively quiet with a transaction value of only IDR 3.30 trillion (USD $276.50 million). Foreign net buying of Indonesian shares supported the IHSG index to end this month's last trading day on a positive note. Sectors that performed well were agriculture (+2.18 percent), construction (+1.27 percent), and mining (+0.99 percent).
Asian indices were mixed. The Shanghai Composite rose 0.05 percent, the Hang Seng gained 0.39 percent, while the Nikkei and Straits Times fell 0.41 percent and 0.38 percent respectively.
November was not a good month for the Indonesian stock exchange and the Indonesian rupiah exchange rate. Indonesia's benchmark stock index fell 5.64 percent since the beginning of November, while the rupiah plunged 6.61 percent this month. Negative market sentiments are caused by the looming end - or at least winding down - of the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing program in combination with Indonesia's prolonged current account deficit. This combination makes investors hesitant to invest in Indonesia's capital markets because an outflow is expected as soon as the Federal Reserve decides to alter its monthly USD $85 billion bond-buying program.