As a result of the failure to achieve an oil production freeze oil prices fell more than 5 percent during the first hours of Asian trade. Brent crude oil futures plunged approx. 5.2 percent to USD $40.86 per barrel, while US crude fell approx. 5.5 percent to USD $38.15 a barrel.

Indonesia's benchmark stock index (Jakarta Composite Index) lost about 0.46 percent shortly after the opening of trade on Monday morning, while the Indonesian rupiah depreciated 0.21 percent to IDR 13,205 per US dollar (Bloomberg Dollar Index).

Meanwhile, earthquakes in Japan caused further deteriorating sentiment in Japan. A big 7.3 magnitude earthquake on Saturday (16/04) caused widespread damage and made some of the country's major manufacturers halt production. Japanese shares also tumble due to the stronger yen (against the US dollar).

By 09:10 am local Jakarta time on Monday morning (18/04), Japan's Nikkei 225 had fallen 2.73 percent, China's Shanghai Composite was down 1.17 percent, Singapore's Straits Times Index was down 0.59 percent, and Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index had fallen 0.89 percent.