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Shares slide despite better CPI

Update: April, 21/2012 - 09:09

 

Investors monitor share movements at the SME Securities in the capital. The VN-Index slid 0.3 per cent to 465.72 points yesterday despite an anticipated slowdown in the CPI rises.— VNS Photo Truong Vi
HA NOI — Shares declined in HCM City at the end of the day yesterday despite a morning rally that followed data on a slowdown in consumer price index (CPI) rises.

Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh said during a meeting that this month's CPI was likely to increase by a rate lower than 0.1 per cent. Meanwhile, CPI in Ha Noi declined by 0.03 per cent, the province of Long An saw a decline of 0.43 per cent and in the province of Dong Nai there was a slight rise of only 0.09 per cent. This is the first time in two years that CPI in Ha Noi has decreased.

On the HCM City Stock Exchange, the VN-Index slid 0.3 per cent to 465.72 points.

Market value reached only 76.5 per cent of Thursday's level, totalling VND1.76 trillion (US$83.8 million). Trading volume dropped 26.2 per cent to around 106.6 million shares.

The falls on the VN-Index were led by major blue chips, such as insurer Bao Viet Holdings (BVH), food processor Masan Group (MSN), Vietcombank (VCB) and property developer Vincom (VIC), which closed the session down.

The VN30, however, bucked the benchmark index's trend to slightly edge up to 533.74 points. It still lost some points compared to earlier trades as nearly half of the shares it tracked fell.

On the Ha Noi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index was able to post a gain of 0.3 per cent to 77.75 points.

The value of trades, however, decreased 12.3 per cent to VND876.9 billion ($41.7 million) on a volume of 80.3 million shares.

Habubank (HBB) and PetroVietnam Construction Co (PVX) were the two most active stocks nationwide with some 6.1 million shares changing hands.

"Some corrections won't be sufficient to alter the trend of the market, and these trend lines are moving upwards," said Vietnam Investment Securities Co analysts.

They retained their optimism over a long-term rally, but added that money flows had been slower. "These corrections are essential to the market, and the declines were not large."

Analysts said investors should not panic, as the corrections would not last long. — VNS

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