Obama famously spent four years in Indonesia as a child, and analysts are pointing at his brief return to the country en route to Seoul’s summit of the G20 as a sort of reset on U.S. relations with the emerging world and the Muslim world in particular.
In any event, Indonesian stocks are booming — up 46% so far this year — so the closer we can integrate this extremely robust economy into our own portfolios, the better. The first place to look is the ETF (NYSE:IDX), which provides diversified exposure to some of the country’s biggest companies.
Interestingly enough, 2/3 of the Indonesian economy is geared toward domestic consumption and not resource exploitation for export. This brings it more in line with economies like the United States or Brazil, and makes local communications giant Indosat (NYSE:IIT) a natural one-stock proxy for the overall Jakarta market.
IIT is not cheap but it is growing and does provide exposure to those Indonesian consumers.
If you want a resource-oriented play on Indonesia, Freeport McMoRan (NYSE:FCX) may not be headquartered there, but does 56% of its business in its Indonesian mines.
This company continues to rally in the post-QE2 commodity boom.
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