JAKARTA: Indonesian stocks jumped to a near 14-month high on Thursday after early elections results indicated incumbent President Joko Widodo is likely to be re-elected for a second term, while Malaysia extended losses to a more than three-year low.
The quick counts showed Widodo winning the popular vote in the world's third largest democracy with about 54 percent, giving him a lead of around eight percentage points over former general Prabowo Subianto.
"A second Jokowi (Widodo) term is welcome by markets on policy continuity and modest reforms for Indonesia ahead," Mizuho Bank said in a note to clients. Government insiders said he was poised for a splurge of reform, with sagging foreign investment, the troubled education system and restrictive labour rules on the list of areas he might tackle.
Morgan Stanley said in a note on Wednesday that it was time to brush aside tail risk concerns and buy Indonesian equities, citing "falling policy rates, the return of private sector confidence, and optionality around reform." The key Jakarta stock index advanced as much as 2.4 percent to its highest since February 2018, before paring gains.
Onshore markets were closed on Wednesday for the elections.
Lenders Bank Central Asia Tbk PT and Bank Mandiri (Persero) Tbk PT climbed up to 5.6 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively. More at https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2019/04/18/indonesian-stocks-jumps-to-near-14-month-high-as-jokowi-set-for-reelection/#pCVMYpxWmPFlIDYG.99