VN-index logs weekly fall on large-cap stocks

May 26, 2023 - 17:34
The index was weighed by losses in large-cap stocks, while foreign investors continued to net sell on two main exchanges.
Customers making transactions at Vietcombank's office in Hà Nội. The bank's shares dipped nearly 1.3 per cent on Friday, leading the market's downtrend. VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — The market ended mixed on Friday, with the VN-Index weighed by losses in large-cap stocks, while foreign investors continued to net sell on two main exchanges.

The benchmark VN-Index on the Hồ Chí Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE) dropped by 0.87 points, or 0.08 per cent, to 1,063.76 points. After experiencing up and down sessions, the index logged a weekly loss. It gained nearly 3 points on Thursday.

The bearish sentiment persisted despite the welcomed news on the approval of the Power Development Plan 8 and the central bank's rate cut decision.

The breadth of the market, however, was positive as many penny stocks performed well. Particularly, on the southern bourse, 211 stocks edged higher, while 112 finished lower.

Liquidity fell in both trading volume and value, with nearly VNĐ11 trillion (US$463.6 million) worth of shares, equivalent to more than 640.7 million ticker symbols, traded on HoSE.

Strong declines in large-cap stocks of attractive sectors, which dominate the market's trend, led to a decrease in the 30 biggest stocks tracker, VN30-Index. Accordingly, the VN30-Index plunged 1.34 points, or 0.13 per cent, to 1,060.81 points.

Twelve stocks in the VN30 basket went down, while 11 stocks increased and seven stayed unchanged.

Data compiled by financial website showed that Vietcombank (VCB) lost the most in market capitalisation on Friday, leading the bearish trend. The bank's shares plummeted 1.29 per cent.

Also pressuring the market, Vingroup (VIC), PV Gas (GAS), BIDV (BID), and Sabeco (SAB) were down at least 1.06 per cent.

On the Hà Nội Stock Exchange (HNX), the HNX-Index traded higher in the last trading session of the week, marking its third straight gainning session.

The northern bourse's benchmark closed the day at 217.64 points, up 0.86 points, or 0.4 per cent. During the trade, investors poured more than VNĐ1.35 trillion into the exchange, equal to a trading volume of 86.5 million shares.

Meanwhile, foreign investors kept running away from the market as they net sold more than VNĐ332 billion on both main exchange. Specifically, they net sold VNĐ332.28 billion on HoSE, and VNĐ768.87 million on HNX. VNS