Indonesia's Main Stock Index (IHSG) Reaches Beyond Psychological Boundary
Even though American and European stock indices were positive on Monday (in fact S&P 500 set a new record) it did not impact directly on the performance of Indonesia's main stock index (IHSG) on Tuesday (30/04/13). In the first session, the IHSG's peak at 5,014 points was only short-lived and quickly lowered again. In the second session, however, the index started to show more solid growth (despite the ongoing uncertainty about Indonesia's subsidized fuel price) as Asian stock markets were mostly up.
Positive European openings on Tuesday (30/04/2013), in combination with strong corporate Q1-2013 results, made the IHSG rebound and reach beyond the psychological boundary of 5,000 points. Indonesia's index ended at 5,034.07, a 0.69 percent gain. Trade volume and total value of transactions rose with foreign investors mostly buying Indonesian assets, while domestic investors mostly sold theirs.
The IDR rupiah fell slightly after responding to Germany's lower than expected monthly retail sales, while its consumer confidence increased. Negative market sentiments were enhanced by the higher unemployment rate of the Eurozone. The Eurozone's unemployment rate now stands at 12.1 percent; the highest level since 1995.
Investors are also eagerly awaiting publications on Indonesia's export-import numbers as well as the country's April inflation figure. A decrease in Indonesia's export is feared.| Source: Bank Indonesia
Asian stock indices were mixed but with a rising trend (except for Shanghai which is still closed due to a local holiday). The general rise in Asian indices was supported by previously published (and well-received) US economic figures as well as ongoing speculation that the Federal Reserve will maintain its stimulus program. Good company reports (Q1-2013) came from Samsung Electronics Co, Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd, and Nomura Holdings Inc. Currently, 54 percent of the companies listed in the MSCI Emerging Market Index that have published Q1-2013 results, exceeded expectation.
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