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  • Unilever Indonesia Reports Declining Sales and Profit in Q1-2018

    Unilever Indonesia Reports Declining Sales and Profit in Q1-2018

    One of Indonesia's biggest companies in terms of market capitalization on the Indonesia Stock Exchange, Unilever Indonesia, reported a decline in net profit and sales in the first quarter of 2018. The company's latest corporate earnings report gives rise to concerns that household consumption is yet to show a rebound in Indonesia.

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  • Unilever Indonesia's Net Profit Grew 9.6% in Full Year 2017

    Unilever Indonesia's Net Profit Grew 9.6% in Full Year 2017

    Unilever Indonesia, one of Indonesia's biggest consumer goods companies, recorded IDR 7 trillion (approx. USD $515 million) in net profit over full-year 2017, up 9.6 percent year-on-year (y/y) from net profit in the preceding year. These figures are unaudited. The audited FY-2017 corporate earnings are expected to be released toward the end of February 2018.

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  • What Are Indonesia's Best Dividend-Paying Listed Companies?

    What Are Indonesia's Best Dividend-Paying Listed Companies?

    For long-term investors in the stock market it is worthwhile to take a look at those listed companies on the Indonesia Stock Exchange that consistently pay a dividend to common shareholders. Recently, the Astra Group, one of Indonesia's largest diversified conglomerates announced its 2017 interim dividend payout. Several other blue chip stocks are reportedly also close to announcing dividend payouts.

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  • Cosmetics Indonesia: Rising Demand for Beauty & Personal Care Products

    Cosmetics Indonesia: Rising Demand for Beauty & Personal Care Products

    Indonesia's cosmetic industry remains attractive for foreign and domestic investors. Based on data from Beauty Market Survey (BMS), which were obtained through Nielsen and Euro Monitor, the value of Indonesia's cosmetics industry was estimated at IDR 36 trillion (approx. USD $2.7 billion) in 2016, up around 12 percent from the value in the preceding year.

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  • Indonesia's Big Cap Stocks in Remainder 2017; Buy, Hold or Sell?

    Indonesia's Big Cap Stocks in Remainder 2017; Buy, Hold or Sell?

    Riska Afriani, analyst at OSO Sekuritas, believes Indonesia's big cap stocks have limited room to advance in the remainder of 2017 because they have already shown significant growth so far in 2017 (in line with the rising benchmark Jakarta Composite Index that touched a record high in July 2017). However, some big caps may still show some more marked movement than others.

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  • Which Indonesian Stocks Gave Investors the Best Returns in 2016?

    Which Indonesian Stocks Gave Investors the Best Returns in 2016?

    Most listed companies on the Indonesia Stock Exchange have now released their corporate earnings reports (covering full-year 2016) and this enables us to determine which companies' shares have been the most lucrative ones last year. Four companies stand out in terms of return on asset (RoA), return on equity (RoE), and return on invested capital (RoIC). These are (1) Matahari Department Store, (2) Unilever Indonesia, (3) Surya Citra Media, and (4) HM Sampoerna.

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  • Biggest Publicly Listed Indonesian Companies Did Well in 2016

    Biggest Publicly Listed Indonesian Companies Did Well in 2016

    After having experienced overall weakening corporate earnings in 2015, Indonesia's largest companies saw rising net profit in full-year 2016 (in line with Indonesia's accelerating macroeconomic expansion last year). Of the ten biggest Indonesian companies (biggest in terms of largest market capitalization on the Indonesia Stock Exchange) only cigarette manufacturer Gudang Garam is yet to release its full-year 2016 financial results. The combined results of the other nine showed a marked improvement from the situation one year earlier.

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  • Nielsen: 2017 Good Year for Indonesia's Consumer Product Sales

    Nielsen: 2017 Good Year for Indonesia's Consumer Product Sales

    Leading global information and measurement company Nielsen expects the market value of Indonesia's consumer products to rise 10 percent year-on-year (y/y) in 2017 supported by expansion of the nation's retail industry and improving macro economic conditions. Yongky Susilo, Executive Director at Nielsen Indonesia, sees accelerating economic growth (hence boosting people's purchasing power) and relatively low inflation (3.02 percent y/y in December 2016) as the right context for rising consumer spending in Southeast Asia's largest economy.

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  • What Were Indonesia's Most Profitable Listed Companies in 2015?

    What Were Indonesia's Most Profitable Listed Companies in 2015?

    In 2016 listed companies on the Indonesia Stock Exchange have a more expansive attitude compared to the preceding year, reflected by plans to raise capital expenditure. Plans for business expansion are supported by Indonesia's expected accelerating GDP growth in 2016, people's improving purchasing power, government-led infrastructure development (that should cause a multiplier-effect in the Indonesian economy), and the economic reforms that are set in the series of economic stimulus packages that have been released by the Indonesian government since September 2015.

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  • Effects of Possible Greek Exit from Euro on Indonesia’s Economy

    Effects of Possible Greek Exit from Euro on Indonesia’s Economy

    Agus Martowardojo, Governor of Indonesia’s central bank (Bank Indonesia), predicts that the current economic turmoil in the Eurozone, caused by the Greek debt crisis, will impact on the stability of developing countries, including Indonesia. Although in terms of both trade and investment there should not be a real impact originating from Greek turmoil, the perception of macroeconomic stability will be somewhat hit on the back of global uncertainty. In line with most markets, Indonesian stocks and the rupiah weakened on Monday (06/07).

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  • Foreign Investors Push Indonesia’s Jakarta Composite Index Up

    Although at the end of Wednesday’s trading day (11/06) Indonesia’s benchmark stock index (known as the Jakarta Composite Index or IHSG) was up, the index had been moving in the red zone during most of the day. Moreover, the index did not get support from the Indonesia rupiah exchange rate nor did it get support from Asian stock indices which tended to decline after yesterday’s weakening indices on Wall Street. Fortunately, foreign investors recorded net buying, thus contributing to the 0.52 percent growth of the IHSG to 4,971.95 points.

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  • Profit Taking and Tapering Concern Causes Indonesia's Market to Sink

    Today (27/01), Indonesia's benchmark stock index (the Jakarta Composite Index, abbreviated IHSG) fell 2.58 percent to 4,322.78 points. This sharp decline can only be explained by profit taking amid market uncertainty. As I have reported before, the IHSG is highly susceptible to profit taking when negative sentiments arise in the market. Factors that accounted for these sentiments were the continued depreciation of the rupiah exchange rate and falling Asian stock markets (that were impacted by Wall Street's negative ending last week).

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  • Fed Outcome and Mixed Corporate Earnings Reports Cause Falling Index

    Despite foreign investors recording a net buy on the Jakarta Composite Index on Thursday (31/10), a depreciating rupiah as well as falling stock indices across Asia made investors concerned. Thus, the benchmark index of Indonesia followed the pace of other Asian indices and ended on 4,510.63 points (a 1.40 percent fall). The outcome of the Federal Reserve's FOMC meeting did not support the rupiah. On the contrary, the rupiah fell after the Fed stated to continue quantitative easing but that the tapering may start sooner than expected.

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  • Top Ten Largest Companies in Indonesia by Market Capitalization

    Top Ten Largest Companies in Indonesia by Market Capitalization

    Indonesia's largest company by market capitalization is still HM Sampoerna, the country's largest tobacco company. The company has been the top company in Indonesia since March 2013 when it replaced Astra International, Indonesia's largest diversified conglomerate, on the top spot. Astra had been Indonesia's largest company since 2010. Currently, the third-largest company in terms of market capitalization is Unilever Indonesia. Unilever, which is Indonesia’s largest consumer goods producer, jumped four places in the ranking since late 2012.

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  • Indonesia's Main Stock Index (IHSG) up 2.80% after Ben Bernanke's Speech

    Indonesia's main stock index (IHSG) was able to continue its rise on Thursday (11/07) despite mixed markets in the United States and Europe, that were waiting for the release of the Federal Reserve minutes, on the previous day. The minutes and Ben Bernanke's speech indicate that the bond-buying program will be continued for a while and this made investors decide to buy Indonesian assets, particularly large cap stocks such as Unilever Indonesia, Bank Mandiri and Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa.

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  • Indonesia's Stock Exchange Rebounds on Tuesday; Blue Chips Surge

    Although the stock markets of the USA and England were closed on Monday (27/05), strong European and Asian indices indicated that market participants were back in business. This also applied to the main stock index of Indonesia (IHSG), which regained the points it had lost on Monday. A number of blue-chips were chased by investors: Astra International, Unilever Indonesia, Lippo Cikarang and Semen Indonesia. Foreigners were particularly interested in stocks of Bank Mandiri, Bank Pembangunan Daerah Jawa, and Waskita Karya.

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  • Indonesia's Main Stock Index (IHSG) Bounces Back after Two Days of Losses

    The upward movements of both American and European stock indices on Friday (03/05/13) provided good support for today's performances of indices in Asia, including the Indonesia Stock Index (IHSG). After having been hit hard for two consecutive trading day's, the IHSG rebounded despite foreign investors still selling off their Indonesian stocks. Others, however, use this momentum to hunt for stocks that are now considered cheap after last week's fall.

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  • Indonesia's Top Ten Companies Ranked by Largest Market Capitalization

    Indonesia's Top Ten Companies Ranked by Largest Market Capitalization

    Last week, I provided a basic introduction to investments in Indonesia's capital markets. Now, I will devote my column to the ten largest Indonesian companies by market capitalization. But first let me explain why I take the ten largest companies? Well, simply because these ten companies account for 43.71 percent of Indonesia's total market capitalization. In other words, they reflect almost half of the current condition of the country's capital markets.

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