Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – Shares declined yesterday on the two exchanges as investors sold large-cap stocks to earn short profits after the earnings prospect runs out of steam.
The benchmark VN-Index, the measure of 310 stocks on the HCM Stock Exchange decreased for second day yesterday, inching down 0.6 per cent to close at 648.4 points.
On the Hà Nội Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index also dropped 0.6 per cent to end the session at 83.2 points.
Industry leading stocks like dairy giant Vinamilk (VNM), Vietcombank (VCB), steelmakers Hòa Phát Group (HPG) and Hoa Sen Group (HSG) all declined between 1 and 4 per cent yesterday.
Newly-released big profits in the first half of this year failed to rescue these shares as investors began to sell out to earn short margins after these shares recorded the biggest gains last week.
Vinamilk yesterday reported a 32-per-cent year-on-year increase in net profit in the first half-year, surpassing VNĐ4.8 trillion (US$215 million). Vietcombank posted a pre-tax profit of nearly VNĐ4.3 trillion during January-June, a rise of 35.5 per cent over the 2015’s same period, while Hòa Phát Group’s net profit soared 60.4 per cent year-on-year to reach over VNĐ3 trillion.
On the other end of spectrum, oil and gas shares rebounded yesterday as investors bet on their recovery along with rising global oil prices.
PV Gas (GAS), PetroVietnam Drilling and Wells Service (PVD), PetroVietnam Technical Services (PVS) and PetroVietnam Drilling Mud (PVC) gained between 1.6- 2.7 per cent.
Trần Thăng Long, head of research at BIDV Securities Company, said investors who take high risk and prefer short-term trading could start tracking the petroleum stocks as some of this group such as GAS and PVD have fallen to strong support level.
“WTI Oil prices have fallen to target level of $42 per barrel are expected to recover. This expectation may support these stocks,” Long said.
The overall liquidity was quite dull as just 126 million shares worth a combined VNĐ2.44 trillion were traded on the two exchanges, down 24 per cent in volume and 17 per cent in value compared with the last session.
Foreign investors turned heads to sell out on the HCM City’s exchange, responsible for a net sell of over 1 million shares worth VNĐ10.6 billion. They bought a net value of VNĐ414 billion last week.
By contrast, foreigners picked up shares worth a net buy of VNĐ22.1 billion in the Hà Nội market. – VNS