Indonesian stocks fell, with the benchmark index heading for the biggest weekly decline in a year, on speculation this year’s rally has been excessive.
The Jakarta Composite index slid 1.9 percent to 4,905.62 at the 11:30 a.m. local-time break, paring this year’s gain to 14 percent. The gauge lost 3.2 percent this week, the most since the five days ended May 18, 2012. The Jakarta index hit a record high of 5,214.98 on May 20, driving its price-earnings ratio to 20 times, the highest since December 2010. PT Semen Indonesia, the nation’s biggest cement maker, fell 6.3 percent. PT Unilever Indonesia (UNVR) lost 5.5 percent.
“Indonesia has run up sharply, so there’s profit-taking,” Abdul Jalil Abdul Rasheed, an investment director at Invesco Asset Management Ltd., said in Singapore by phone. “It’s always short-term capital that pushes market valuations upwards. When that is taken out, it causes panic. Panic is good sometimes.”
Foreign institutional investors sold a net $171.2 million of Indonesian equities on June 3, the most since Aug. 19, 2011, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. They were net sellers in the 10 days through June 5 amid speculation China’s economic growth will slow and the U.S. Federal Reserve may scale back stimulus spending.
Unilever Indonesia, a unit of the world’s second-biggest consumer goods company, dropped 5.3 percent today. The shares fell as investors viewed recent gains as excessive, Kalvin Lie, an analyst at Panin Sekuritas in Jakarta, said. Unilever rose 19 percent last month. Semen Indonesia headed for its biggest drop since June 2012.
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