Monday, October 24 2016


Energy stocks drive markets down

Update: April, 05/2016 - 10:35
Eximbank reported VND123 trillion in total assets, and capital reached VND101 trillion, an increase of 2.8 per cent from the same term last year. — Photo

HÀ NỘI (VNS) — Vietnamese shares were mixed on the two local exchanges yesterday, while energy stocks dropped on lower oil prices.

The benchmark VN Index on the HCM Stock Exchange fell 0.5 per cent to close at 555.82 points, extending a three-day decline of 2.5 per cent.

On the contrary, the HNX Index finished almost unchanged at 78.49 points, rebounding from a four-day loss of 2.4 per cent.

Global oil prices continued to slide and put pressure on energy stocks after Saudi Arabia said it will freeze its output only if Iran takes the same action.

US crude West Texas Intermediate (WTI) slipped 0.7 per cent to trade at US$36.54 a barrel and London-traded Brent crude fell 0.3 per cent to trade at $38.55 a barrel.

US crude has fallen 7.2 per cent over a week and Brent has lost 4.3 per cent during the same period.

On the southern bourse, PetroVietnam Gas Corporation (GAS) and PetroVietnam Drilling and Well Service Corporation (PVD) were down 2.7 per cent and 5.1 per cent, respectively, while PetroVietnam Mud Drilling Corporation (PVC) on the northern bourse slumped 3.1 per cent.

The stock markets also suffered as there was no business news good enough to boost investor confidence, Sài Gòn-Hà Nội Securities Corporation (SHS) wrote in a report.

Blue chips also helped drive markets down. Food producer Masan Group (MSN) declined by 1.4 per cent after it was decided at a shareholder’s meeting last week that the company will not pay dividends for 2015’s business performance.

Seafood producer Hùng Vương JSC (HVG) slumped 4.9 per cent after the company announced yesterday it will issue more than 37.8 million shares to pay dividends for last year’s performance.

Among banks, Eximbank (EIB) slipped 3.9 per cent after the bank announced an accumulated loss of VNĐ817 billion (US$36.3 million) in the last two years.

On the other hand, brokerage firms helped lift the markets, led by Việt Nam Investment Securities Company (IVS) and VNDirect Securities Corporation (VND).

IVS rose 2.3 per cent after the company said that it will pay dividends in cash for a rate of VNĐ300 each share, and VND added 0.9 per cent after the company announced it will buy back 5 million shares.

Both local markets traded nearly 168 million shares worth VNĐ2.15 trillion (US$95.8 million), a decrease of 27 per cent from last week’s daily trading value. – VNS

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