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|Customers make transaction in Vietinbank's branch. The lender's shares declined 1.8 per cent yesterday.-Photo vietnamplus.vn|
On the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange, the VN-Index inched down 0.01 per cent to close the day at 1,339.21 points. Meanwhile, the HNX-Index on the Ha Noi Stock Exchange ended down 0.49 per cent at 354.29 points.
Liquidity continued to decline with nearly 804 million shares worth VND21.6 trillion (US$939 million), of which the trading value on HCM City’s bourse fell to VND17.2 trillion, the lowest since August 25.
In the meantime, foreign traders returned to be net sellers after a net buying session of VND470 billion on Tuesday. They offloaded shares worth a net value of VND444 billion in three exchanges (including the Unlisted Public Company Market).
“Low liquidity showed investors’ rising concerns amid negative information,” stock analysts at vietstock.vn said in its daily report.
Data on vietstock.vn showed banking and securities were the main drag with an average decline of around 1 per cent each.
Seven of the top 10 stocks dragging the VN-Index most were banks, including Vietinbank (CTG), Vietcombank (VCB), VPBank (VPB), Techcombank (TCB), Sacombank (STB), VIB (VIB) and BIDV (BID) with CTG leading the losers with a loss of 1.8 per cent.
According to analysts, investors are inclined to hold money instead of chasing short-term movements in the market.
The end of September is also the time to close net asset value (NAV) of the third quarter of financial institutions and this has more or less impact on selling decision of investors.
On the bright side, oil and gas stocks continued to gain thanks to positive information about rising energy demand as well as uptrend in world oil prices. PV Power (POW) jumped 3.87 per cent while PV Gas (GAS) and Petrolimex (PLX) increased 1.8 per cent each.
Other heavyweight gainers which cushioned the market on Wednesday included Masan Group (MSN), up 3.7 per cent; steelmaker Hoa Phat Group (HPG), up 1.3 per cent; and Mobile World Investment (MWG), up 0.9 per cent.