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In the early stages of the cycle

The market retreated 9% in May. These losses, although painful, largely reflect excessive concerns surrounding the debt crisis in Europe, but also the uncertainty created by the resignation of Indonesia’s Finance Minister.  So with these concerns easing, greater opportunities shall come. Most crucially of all, the economy is doing well and is even expanding at its fastest pace since the 2008 crisis – although still below the very fast growth pace at its peak in 1995 – supported by benign inflation and record low interest rates. Manufacturing is strong and the Manufacturing Index rose an impressive 5% in 1Q10 YoY – its largest increase since 1Q08. Exports are at a decade high. Fiscally, things are in good shape and the Debt-to-GDP ratio has fallen to only 28%. Bank lending has been prudent with loans growth of 21% p.a. over the last 5 years. All in all, we believe the economy is in an early stage of a 7-year cycle, meaning strong earnings growth to come. On the political front, there are inevitably some frictions from time to time, but huge gains in achieving political stability have been made. Using a bottom-up approach, we arrive at a new index target of 3,193, implying 15.5x 2010 PER. As we will argue later, there is upside to this target, stemming from the anticipated economic expansion which will surely lead to earnings upgrades.

May 2010, source: Danareksa

May 31, 2010 Posted by | Hot Issue, Indonesia Economic, Market Analysis, Market Outlook & Trends, Momentum Investing, News & Information, Stock Market | 1 Comment