HA NOI — The VN-Index erased earlier gains in the final minutes of yesterday's trading on the HCM City Stock Exchange to close at 423.43, essentially unchanged from the previous session. By the end of the morning, however, advancers still outnumbered decliners by nearly two-to-one.
|Investors watch a trading session at SeaBank Securities. The VN-Index erased earlier gains in the final minutes of yesterday's trading on the HCM City Stock Exchange to close at 423.43. — VNS Photo Truong Vi
February inflation data was released, showing a hefty rise of 1.37 per cent over the previous month, belying a number of positive assessments by analysts on the possible easing of inflationary pressures and prospects for the market.
The value of trades on the HCM City bourse yesterday rose by about 16 per cent over Thursday's level to a total of VND1.1 trillion (US$52.3 million), while the volume of trades reached 78.5 million shares.
The VN30 Indes, which tracks the exchange's 30 best stocks, outperformed the VN-Index, adding 0.3 per cent over the previous day's session to close at 477.77 points.
Blue chips weighed on the market overall, with seven of the 10 leading shares by capitalisation declining by 0.5-2.6 per cent. Notably, Sacombank (STB) reversed its recent decline amid takeover rumours and soared to its ceiling price, following a State Bank of Viet Nam statement that Sacom-bank was still operating normally.
"The sources of the rumours will be investigated, and sanctions will be authorised," said the central bank.
The central bank also authorised Sacombank to achieve credit growth this year of 17 per cent, the maximum allowed rate under Circular No 01.
"The assigned credit growth is consistent with our target this year," a Sacombank representative said late Thursday.
On the Ha Noi Stock Exchange yesterday, the HNX-Index edged up by 0.4 per cent to 67.07 points. The value of trades rose 17.4 per cent compared to the previous day to VND736.8 billion ($35 million), while volume totalled 86.2 million shares. Gainers overwhelmed losers by 200-82.
Habubank (HBB) was the most-active nationwide, with 14.2 million shares traded. HBB rose to its ceiling price.
Foreign investors yesterday marked their 20th consecutive session as buyers on the HCM City bourse, picking up a net of VND100.8 billion ($4.8 million) worth of shares. The were net sellers in Ha Noi yesterday, however, unloading a net of VND17.9 billion ($850,000) worth of shares. — VNS