VN Index rises for third day

Vietnamese shares finished January 10 on a mixed note, hit by strong profit-taking. Energy shares continued to benefit from rising oil prices.


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An investor in a trading session at Vietcombank Securities Company. 



The benchmark VN Index on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange climbed 0.44 percent to close at 1,038.11 points, narrowing its growth from the intraday peak of 1.1 percent.

The southern market index has gained total 2.5 percent after the last three trading sessions.

Meanwhile, the HNX Index on the Hanoi Stock Exchange fell 0.18 percent to end at 121.93 points. It had risen a total of 2.7 percent in the previous two sessions.

Market trading liquidity reached a record high with more than 464.3 million shares being traded on the two exchanges. They were worth 10.6 trillion VND (471.2 million USD).

The trading figures increased by 12.3 percent in volume and nearly 15 percent in value compared to January 9.

The stock market was buoyed by strong growth of energy firms, whose share values were supported by the increase of crude prices.

Brent crude added 0.4 percent to trade above 69 USD a barrel, having gained total 12 percent since mid-December and nearly 56 percent since June 21, 2017.

Vietnamese energy shares recorded strong growth rates, such as PetroVietnam Mud Drilling (PVC), PetroVietnam Drilling and Well Services (PVD) and PetroVietnam Technical Services (PVS).

These energy firms saw their share values jump at least 5 percent at the end of the session.

Strong cash flow that boosted trading liquidity also assisted securities stocks to increase. FPT Securities (FTS) and Viet Dragon Securities (VDS) surged at least 6.5 percent while other large-cap securities firms, such as Saigon Securities Inc (SSI) and VNDirect Securities (VND), also ended positive.

In the negative territory, banks, insurance companies and rubber producers underperformed as investors locked in profits that resulted from recent growth in these stocks.

Decliners among those stocks included Vietcombank (VCB), Vietinbank (CTG), Asia Commercial Bank (ACB), Bao Viet Holdings (BVH), BIDV Insurance Corp (BIC), Sao Vang Rubber JSC (SRC) and Da Nang Rubber JSC (DRC).

According to Sai Gon-Hanoi Securities Company (SHS), the stock market has been hit by profit taking on three consecutive sessions.

“That could signal the market has reached its short-term peak and needs a few sessions to decline and settle down before going up again,” SHS wrote in its daily report.

“But the new record-high trading liquidity and gainers outnumber losers, proving that investors are still trading positively and their sentiment remains upbeat.”

Thus, the VN Index is expected to rise and test the level of 1,040 points again on January 11, SHS said.-VNA

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