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  • Maybank Kim Eng Securities Picks Top Five Indonesian Stocks in 2017

    Maybank Kim Eng Securities Picks Top Five Indonesian Stocks in 2017

    What are good stock picks in 2017? According to Maybank Kim Eng Securities, those listed companies on the Indonesia Stock Exchange that are set to see a good performance this year are Indofood Sukses Makmur (consumer goods), Telekomunikasi Indonesia (telecommunications), Astra International (automotive), Bank Rakyat Indonesia (banking) and Jasa Marga (toll roads). All are key blue chips with a long history in Indonesia. Lets take a quick look why these shares are advised by Malaysia-based Maybank Kim Eng.

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  • Indonesia's Jakarta Composite Index Expected to Rise Today

    Indonesia's Jakarta Composite Index Expected to Rise Today

    Indonesian stocks are expected to rise on Wednesday (04/01) amid positive sentiments stemming from around the globe although the strong US dollar, which remains near 14-year highs, puts some pressure on commodity prices (most notably on crude oil). On Tuesday (03/01), Indonesia's benchmark Jakarta Composite Index declined 0.39 percent to 5,275.97 points as investors engaged in profit taking after the significant rally that occurred during the last couple of days before the end of 2016.

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  • Performance Indonesia's Stock Market & Rupiah in 2016

    Performance Indonesia's Stock Market & Rupiah in 2016

    When on Friday afternoon (30 December 2016) the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) closed its doors it effectively brought the year 2016 to an end in terms of stock trading on the local bourse. On Friday Indonesia's benchmark Jakarta Composite Index fell 0.11 percent to 5,296.71 points after two days of impressive gains. However, when looking at full-year 2016 the Jakarta Composite Index climbed 15.32 percent, hence being the second-best performing (national) benchmark stock index (after Thailand) in the Southeast Asian region in 2016.

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  • Indonesian Stocks Extending Rally, Rupiah Slightly Weaker

    Indonesian Stocks Extending Rally, Rupiah Slightly Weaker

    Indonesian stocks surged further on Wednesday (28/12). The benchmark Jakarta Composite Index (IHSG) was up 1.75 percent to 5,192.19 points by 11:00 am local Jakarta time on Wednesday, extending the impressive 1.50 percent jump one day earlier that effectively ended a nine-day losing streak for Indonesian stocks. This positive performance is, partly, believed to be the result of "window dressing" ahead of the year-end. Meanwhile, other Asian markets are rather mixed today.

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  • Indonesian Stocks & Rupiah: Thin Trade ahead of Celebrations

    Indonesian Stocks & Rupiah: Thin Trade ahead of Celebrations

    On the last trading day before the Christmas break, Indonesia's benchmark Jakarta Composite Index fell for the ninth straight day, the longest losing streak since August 2005. On Friday (23/12) the index fell 0.30 percent to 5,027.70 points. The performance of Indonesian stocks was in line with other markets in Asia. Ahead of Christmas and New Year festivities, trade volume is low as investors are taking a break. Meanwhile, there are no positive sentiments stemming from the Indonesian market.

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  • Stock Market & Rupiah Update Indonesia: Another Day in the Red

    Stock Market & Rupiah Update Indonesia: Another Day in the Red

    As we approach the year-end, and without the presence of positive triggers, investors seem to engage in profit-taking. Therefore, Indonesia's benchmark Jakarta Composite Index now extended its losing streak to seven straight sessions. Indonesian stocks fell 0.99 percent to 5,111.39 points on Wednesday (21/12), a decline led by consumer staples and financial shares, while the Indonesian rupiah depreciated 0.16 percent to IDR 13,459 per US dollar (Bloomberg Dollar Index). The Federal Reserve's recent rate hike still seems to overshadow global investor sentiment.

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  • Indonesia Stock Market Update: Wall Street Sets Good Example

    Indonesia Stock Market Update: Wall Street Sets Good Example

    Indonesian stocks should manage to climb today. In early morning trade on Thursday (08/12) MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 0.4 percent touching a one-month high supported by US stocks setting another fresh high overnight, while bonds rallied on expectation that the European Central Bank (ECB) is to announce that it will extend its asset buying program later today in its policy meeting. Meanwhile, Nikkei futures point at an opening gain of around 1 percent.

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  • Stock Market & Rupiah Update Indonesia: Italy's Referendum

    Stock Market & Rupiah Update Indonesia: Italy's Referendum

    Contrary to most other Asian stock indices, Indonesia's benchmark Jakarta Composite Index opened in the green zone on Monday morning (05/12). While, most markets are plagued by the outcome of Italy's referendum on Sunday (and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announcing his resignation), Indonesian stocks still seem to continue with the relief rally after the peaceful anti-Ahok demonstration on Friday (02/12). However, rupiah weakness, particularly as the US Federal Reserve may raise rates can limit the rise of local stocks.

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  • Stock Market Update Indonesia: Local Investors Relieved

    Stock Market Update Indonesia: Local Investors Relieved

    While most Asian stock indices were in the red zone on Friday (02/12), Indonesian stocks bucked the trend. Indonesia's benchmark Jakarta Composite Index rose 0.91 percent to 5,245.96 points, while the Indonesian rupiah appreciated 0.39 percent to IDR 13,512 per US dollar (Bloomberg Dollar Index). While global investors were cautious ahead of the new US payroll data (to be released later on Friday), domestic investors poured money into Indonesian stocks. What explains this performance today?

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  • Stock Market Update: Asian Equities Rally on OPEC Oil Production Cut

    Stock Market Update: Asian Equities Rally on Oil Production Cut

    For the first time since 2008 the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed to cut crude oil output on Wednesday (30/11) with especially Saudi Arabia ready to accept a big cut in national oil production. "Unlimited" crude oil production led to the supply glut that gave rise to persistently low oil prices and deflationary pressures. Asian stocks climbed on the back of this oil production cut. In early Asian trading on Thursday (01/12), gainers were led by mining, oil and coal producers.

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  • Indonesian Stocks Rise Slightly on Speculation Chinese Monetary Easing

    Indonesian Stocks Rise Slightly on Speculation Chinese Monetary Easing

    The benchmark stock index of Indonesia (Jakarta Composite Index or IHSG) climbed slightly on Monday (18/08), not being impacted - as we feared earlier - by mixed stock indices on Wall Street and Europe on Friday (15/08). Increased speculation about widening Chinese monetary policy in the country’s property sector made a good impact on Asian stock indices, including Indonesia’s IHSG. At the end of the trading day, the IHSG had strengthened 0.15 percent to 5,156.75 points, also supported by the appreciating rupiah (Bank Indonesia’s mid-rate).

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  • Indonesian Stocks Decline but Rupiah Appreciates Slightly on Tuesday

    Weakening global stock indices meant that it would be difficult for the benchmark stock index of Indonesia (Jakarta Composite Index or IHSG) to continue its upward movement on Tuesday (05/08). Moreover, there were few positive sentiments originating from the Archipelago as Indonesia’s Q2-2014 GDP growth (+5.12 percent year-on-year) was below expectation and the country’s trade balance showed a deficit of USD $300 million in June 2014. Meanwhile, the Indonesian rupiah exchange appreciated slightly.

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  • Indonesian Stocks and Rupiah Down after Hectic Political Day

    Indonesian stocks and the rupiah exchange rate showed great volatility on Tuesday’s trading day (22/07). In the first part of the day the benchmark stock index of Indonesia (known as Jakarta Composite Index of IHSG) and rupiah strengthened on speculation that market favourite Joko “Jokowi” Widodo would win the presidential election without riots or other incidents that could trigger political uncertainties. On Tuesday evening, the General Elections Commission (KPU) indeed officially declared Jokowi the winner of the election.

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  • Markets in Indonesia Positive ahead of Official Presidential Election Result

    One day ahead of the official result of the Indonesian presidential election, the benchmark stock index of Indonesia (known as Jakarta Composite Index or IHSG) showed a good performance as market participants seem to speculate not only on a Joko Widodo win, but also on a peaceful and orderly course of events (no large scale demonstrations or riots). On Sunday, president Yudhoyono received both presidential candidates at the State Palace for dinner. This may have helped to cool some of the tension between supporters of both sides.

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  • Jakarta Composite Index Rises 0.85% on China Growth & Indonesian Politics

    Despite China’s positive economic growth of 7.5 percent in the second quarter of 2014, most Asian stock indices were down. Only Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index (HSI) managed to show a slight gain as large cap stocks were sought after. The HSI impacted positively on the benchmark stock index of Indonesia (known as the Jakarta Composite Index or IHSG) on Wednesday (16/07) which climbed 0.85 percent to 5,113.93 points on Wednesday (16/07). Foreign investors recorded net buying.

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  • Indonesian Stocks Flying High but Rupiah Depreciates 0.70% on Tuesday

    Indonesian Stocks Flying High but Rupiah Depreciates 0.70% on Tuesday

    Most Asian stock indices were up on Tuesday (15/07) influenced by rising indices on Wall Street and in Europe on the previous day. Also for investors on Indonesia’s benchmark stock index (Jakarta Composite Index) this meant an opportunity to engage in stock trading even though the Indonesian rupiah exchange rate depreciated considerably and political uncertainties remain (as the winner of the Indonesian presidential election remains a question mark). In fact, investors were confused to see the Merah Putih coalition.

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  • Stock Market Update: Indonesian Stocks Fall on Political Uncertainty

    Although the benchmark stock index (known as Jakarta Composite Index or IHSG) started the day in the green zone, it ended down due to profit taking as market participants prefer to wait for the official result of the Indonesian presidential election first. Both presidential candidates (Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto) declared a victory based on different unofficial quick count results. This has resulted in political uncertainty in Southeast Asia’s largest economy and thus investors refrain from buying Indonesian assets.

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  • Rupiah Exchange Rate Depreciates as Investors Await Election Result

    Rupiah Exchange Rate Depreciates as Investors Await Election Result

    The Indonesian rupiah exchange rate depreciated 0.67 percent to IDR 11,665 per US dollar on Monday (14/07) according to the Bloomberg Dollar Index. Meanwhile, the benchmark stock exchange of Indonesia (Jakarta Composite Index) declined 0.23 percent to 5,021.06 points. The main reason for weakening markets in Indonesia is investors’ wait & see attitude ahead of the official result of Indonesia’s presidential election. On 22 July 2014, the General Elections Commission (KPU) will announce the winner of the election.

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  • Indonesian Stocks & Rupiah Surge after Presidential Election’s Quick Counts

    Indonesian Stocks and Rupiah Surge after Presidential Election’s Quick Counts

    Initially we were concerned that Indonesia’s benchmark stock index (Jakarta Composite Index) would experience a sudden change of direction - after two days of strong gains at the start of the week - because the preliminary results of the 2014 Indonesian presidential election (based on unofficial quick counts) was mixed at first glance and thus triggers political uncertainty (something which is seriously disliked by investors). However, the index performed remarkably well and rose 1.46 percent to 5,098.11 points on Thursday (10/07).

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  • Indonesian Rupiah and Stocks Continue Gain on ‘Jokowi Win’ Speculation

    Indonesian Rupiah and Stocks Continue Gain on ‘Jokowi Win’ Speculation

    On Tuesday (08/07), both the Indonesian rupiah exchange rate and stocks continued where they left off yesterday. Supported by optimistic market participants speculating on a Joko Widodo victory in Wednesday’s presidential election, the rupiah appreciated 0.74 percent to IDR 11,626 per US dollar based on the Bloomberg Dollar Index, while the country’s benchmark stock index (Jakarta Composite Index) rose 0.72 percent to 5,024.71 points, surpassing the psychological level at 5,000 and approaching its record high level at 5,215 (21 March 2013).

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