The Indonesia stock market headed south again on Friday, one session after it had ended the two-day slide in which it had fallen more than 85 points or 1.3 percent. The Jakarta Composite Index now rests just beneath the 5,815-point plateau although it is expected to bounce higher again on Monday.
The global forecast for the Asian markets is upbeat after better than expected jobs data from the United States, although those numbers may fan concerns over the outlook for inflation rates. The European markets were mixed and the U.S. bourses were higher, and the Asian markets figure to follow the latter lead.
The JCI finished modestly lower on Friday following losses from the financials, resource stocks and food companies.
For the day, the index shed 34.87 points or 0.59 percent to finish at 5,814.79 after trading between 5,810.36 and 5,863.59. Volume was 5.91 billion shares worth 6.4 trillion rupiah. There were 239 decliners and 102 gainers, with 101 stocks finishing unchanged.
Among the actives, Bumi Resources retreated 2.92 percent, while Vale Indonesia added 0.27 percent, Jasa Marga plunged 3.21 percent, Lotte Chemical Titan dropped 2.38 percent, Tiga Pilar Sejahtera tumbled 1.88 percent, XL Axiata sank 0.31 percent, Bank MNC Internasional and Bank Pan Indonesia were unchanged, Bank Danamon Indonesia skidded 1.64 percent and Bank Mandiri dipped 0.56 percent.
The lead from Wall Street is positive after Friday’s jobs report as the markets regained some ground after heavy losses in the previous session.
The Dow climbed 94.30 points or 0.4 percent to 21,414.34, while the NASDAQ added 63.61 points or 0.1 percent to 6,153.08 and the S&P gained 15.43 points or 0.6 percent to 2,425.18. For the week, the Dow rose 0.3 percent, the NASDAQ added 0.2 percent and the S&P was up 0.1 percent.
The rebound followed a Labor Department report showing stronger than expected job growth in June. The report said non-farm payroll employment jumped by 222,000 jobs in June following an upwardly revised increase of 152,000 jobs in May.
The Federal Reserve is scheduled to make its next decision on interest rates following a two-day meeting later this month.