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Shares slow on investor caution

Update: April, 11/2017 - 09:00
An investor checks share prices on MB Securities Co’s trading floor. — VNS Photo Truong Vị
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Shares grew at a slower pace yesterday on the two stock exchanges as investors displayed caution ahead of the annual shareholder meetings of big companies this month.

The benchmark VN-Index on the HCM Stock Exchange edged up 0.3 per cent to close at 729.9 points. The southern market index increased 0.7 last Friday and has expanded 9.7 per cent this year.

On the Hà Nội Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index also inched up 0.3 per cent to end at 90.4 points. The northern market index has expanded nearly 13 per cent this year.

Liquidity decreased with a total of 220.7 million shares worth a combined VNĐ4.4 trillion (US$192 million) traded in the two markets, down 14.8 per cent in volume and 10.2 per cent in valued compared to the daily average volume and value recorded last week.

According to analysts at Bảo Việt Securities Co, the rally of indices was still supported by some large-cap stocks, while cash flows have yet to reach a necessary level, which could make the market volatile.

Banks and other financial firms such as Vietcombank (VCB), BIDV (BID), Vietinbank (CTG), Military Bank (MBB), Asia Commercial Bank (ACB) and private equity firm Masan Group (MSN) all declined.

On the other side of the fence, securities companies rose strongly, including Saigon Securities Inc (SSI), VNDirect Securities Co (VND), Sài Gòn-Hà Nội Securities Co (SHS) and BIDV Securities Inc (BSI) with gains of between 3 and 9 per cent each.

Some major shares, such as insurer Bảo Việt Holdings (BVH), real estate giant VinGroup (VIC), Vietjet Air (VJC), steelmaker Hòa Phát Group (HPG) and brewery Habeco (BHN) also climbed and supported the market.

“Investors should avoid aggressive buying when the index has surpassed peaks and wait for clearer signals,” Trần Hải Yến, an analyst at Bảo Việt Securities Co, wrote in a note.

Major companies -  Vinamilk, Vietcombank, BIDV, Saigon Securities Inc, VinGroup (VIC) and Vietjet (VJC) - will hold their annual meetings this month and information surrounding these meetings is likely to have an impact on investor psychology.

BIDV Securities Co’s analysts have warned the market could see a correction if the released earnings reports at these meetings fail to meet investor expectations. — VNS

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