RTTNews - The Indonesian stock market has finished lower now in back-to-back sessions, giving up more than 50 points or 2.2 percent along the way. The Jakarta Composite Index fell through support at the 2,330-point plateau, and now investors are expecting further downside pressure for the market when it opens for business on Wednesday.
The global forecast suggests that the Asian markets will open under some pressure, with weakness expected particularly from the financial, property and airline sectors. Commodities also may wilt, thanks to a sharp decline in the price of crude oil. The European and U.S. markets all finished sharply lower, and the Asian bourses also are tipped to move firmly to the downside.
The JCI finished modestly lower on Tuesday, dragged to the downside by weakness among the miners and the energy stocks.
For the day, the index declined 14.62 points or 0.63 percent to close at 2,326.91 after trading between 2,325.47 and 2,355.81. Volume was 8.7 million shares worth 3.37 trillion rupiah.
Leading the decliners, Bumi Resources shed 2.6 percent and Perusahaan Gas Negara was down 1.4 percent.
The lead from Wall Street is broadly negative as stocks saw substantial weakness on Tuesday, when traders saw the day's positive economic news as already priced into the market. The major averages all moved sharply lower, adding to the losses posted in the previous session.
This morning, the Institute for Supply Management released a report showing that its manufacturing index jumped to 52.9 in August from 48.9 in July, with a reading above 50 indicating an expansion in the sector. With the increase, the index rose to its highest level since June of 2007. On average, economists had been expecting a more modest increase by the index to a reading of 50.2, which would have still indicated modest growth in the sector.
Separately, pending home sales increased by much more than expected in the month of July, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors. The report showed that the pending home sales index rose 3.2 percent to 97.6 in July from a reading of 94.6 in June. The increase, which exceeded economist estimates of 1.5 percent growth, lifted the index to its highest level since June of 2007.
Meanwhile, the Commerce Department released a report showing that construction spending fell 0.2 percent in July following a downwardly revised 0.1 percent increase in June. Economists had expected spending to fall 0.2 percent compared to the 0.3 percent increase originally reported for the previous month.
In corporate news, online auction giant eBay (EBAY) announced that it has signed an agreement to sell its Skype communications unit for about $1.9 billion in cash and a $125 million note.
The major averages ended the session firmly in negative territory, just off their worst levels of the day. The Dow fell by 185.68 points or 2 percent to 9,310.60, the NASDAQ declined by 40.17 points or 2 percent to 1,968.89 and the S&P 500 fell by 22.58 points or 2.2 percent to close at 998.04.
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