Market expected to open the first week after Tet on a positive note

February 07, 2022 | 11:36
The market resumes trading after a week off due to the Lunar New Year festival. Historical statistics suggest that the market is likely to be positive after the holiday.
Market expected to open the first week after Tet on a positive note
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Nguyen Dinh Thang, an analyst at Saigon-Ha Noi Securities JSC (SHS), said that the Vietnamese stock market had a successful year, boosted by a sharp rise in liquidity as retail investors continuously opened new accounts.

“Overall, investors experienced a relatively favourable trading year and benefited from solid momentum,” Thang said.

“The positive trend is expected to continue in the Year of the Tiger as the country’s economy recovers from the low base of the previous year.”

Technically, historical statistics showed that the market is usually quite positive after Tet, Thang added.

The Vietnamese stock market after Tet has inched up five times in six years during the 2016-2021 period, and only declined in 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19, according to statistics from SHS.

On that basis, the analysis team of SHS forecasts that in the first trading week of the New Year of the Tiger, the market benchmark VN-Index is likely to continue to recover and head towards the psychological resistance of 1,500 points.

“Investors who have engaged in bottom fishing can continue to hold their current portfolio to take advantage of the uptrend,” Thang said.

“In the negative scenario, if bad news happens during the week holiday and selling pressure increases after Tet, the VN-Index could correct back to the support zone of 1,400-1,450 points.

“This will also be an opportunity for investors to accumulate more stock proportions in the portfolio.”

Similarly, Dinh Quang Hinh, Head of Macroeconomics and Market Strategy Department of VNDIRECT Securities Corporation (VND), said that the stock indices have shown a recovery effort after touching support levels in the range of 1,435-1,440 points.

“We expect that at the start of the Year of the Tiger, the market will continue to recover,” Hinh said.

“And this is the right time for investors to increase the proportion of common stocks, which have positive business prospects in 2022 and have seen a rally trend over the past several months like banks, construction materials and retail stocks, in their portfolios.”

Market consensus said that the stock market entered the Year of the Tiger with a positive trend thanks to expectations of a quick recovery of the economy.

Market slightly recovered before the long holiday

On the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE), the VN-Index ended the last trading session before Tet on January 28 at 1,478.96 points.

For the week, the index recovered slightly by 0.4 per cent after falling for two consecutive weeks. The market liquidity was also lower than the average level for the second straight week.

Meanwhile, the HNX-Index on the Ha Noi Stock Exchange (HNX) finished the last session at 416.73 points, up 1.33 per cent, but down 0.3 per cent for the week.

“It is reasonable because of investors’ holiday spirit, which is the same as in previous years," Thang said.

In the market, bank stocks continued to lead the uptrend for the whole week, with many stocks witnessing big gains such as BIDV (BID) up 1.3 per cent, Vietinbank (CTG) up 3.8 per cent, Techcombank (TCB) up 6 per cent, VPBbank (VPB) up 6.9 per cent or MBBank (MBB) up 6 per cent.

However, securities stocks saw a clear division in the past week with SSI Securities Corporation (SSI) up 1.1 per cent and VND up 4.9 per cent, while Ho Chi Minh City Securities Corporation (HCM) was down 2.5 per cent, Viet Capital Securities JSC (VCI) down 3.3 per cent, and MB Securities JSC (MBS) down 1.5 per cent.

The market was weighed by losses of steel stocks like Hoa phat Group (HPG) and Hoa Sen Group (HSG), and oil and gas stocks like PetroVietnam Drilling & Well Services Corporation (PVD) or PetroVietnam Technical Services Corporation (PVS).

On the contrary to domestic investors' profit-taking activities for the Tet holiday, foreign investors strongly net bought on both main exchanges with a value of VND1.9 trillion (US$82.4 million), equivalent to a volume of 60 million shares, on HoSE and VND60 billion on HNX, equivalent to a trading volume of 2 million shares.


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