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|Customers buy petrol at a Petrolimex petrol station in Ha Noi. Foreign investors bought a net value of more than VND188 billion of Petrolimex's shares on Friday.-VNA/VNS Photo Minh Quyet|
On the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, the VN-Index edged down 0.33 per cent to close Friday at 975.40 points. Viet Nam’s benchmark index rose 1.3 per cent in the previous three sessions.
On the Ha Noi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index fell 0.15 per cent to end at 105.86 points after expanding more than 2 per cent in the last three days.
Trading volume decreased slightly to more than 186 million shares but the value of trades increased nearly 8 per cent to VND4.03 trillion (US$173 million) on the two exchanges.
The market could not sustain the morning rise as many heavyweight stocks declined toward the end of the afternoon session, such as Masan Group (MSN), Vincom Retail (VRE), Vinamilk (VNM), Hau Giang Pharmaceutical (DHG) and Ho Chi Minh Infrastructure Investment (CII), all dropping by more than 1 per cent.
Banking and oil and gas stocks, the market pillars in the previous rally, also slumped.
Except for HDBank (HDB), all 12 other listed banks lost value, of which Techcombank (TCB) dropped 1.4 per cent; Vietcombank (VCB), Vietinbank (CTG), Vietnam Prosperity Bank (VPB) and BIDV (BID) all decreased by less than 1 per cent.
Despite purchases from foreign investors, shares of Petrolimex (PLX) also edged down 0.2 per cent while PV Gas (GAS) was down 0.4 per cent.
According to Tran Xuan Bach, a stock analyst at Bao Viet Securities Co, bank stocks would widely diverge with slight upward slope and alternative corrections while oil and gas stocks may experience volatility near resistance zones (985-990 points) before increasing in the short term.
July is the peak time for first-half profit reporting of listed companies. The six-month figures would give investors a better view of the companies’ performance for the whole year.
According to analysts at Saigon Securities Inc, caution waiting for macroeconomic data and first-half earnings would impact investors’ trading. Some would likely stand out of the market and wait for clear information, they said.
“For active investors, the main strategy is to quickly take profits and prioritise selling at high prices. This explains for the downward trend of the index after a strong recovery,” they said in the SSI Retail Research.
Foreign investors increased their buying on Friday, picking up shares worth net value of VND341 billion on the two exchanges, a 2.5-fold increase over Thursday.