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Hesitant investors drag down stocks

Update: April, 02/2014 - 08:42
Investors watch market changes at An Binh Securities's trading floor. Shares extended losses for a second straight day. — VNS Photo Truong Vi

HA NOI (VNS)— Shares extended losses for a second straight day on both stock exchanges as investors continued to sell shares amid fears of further declines.

The VN-Index on the HCM Stock Exchange closed down 1.31 per cent at 583.85 points, the biggest loss in three weeks. On the Ha Noi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index plunged 3.3 per cent to 86.49 points.

A total of nearly 288 million shares and fund certificates worth a combined VND4.2 trillion (US$199 million) were traded on the two bourses yesterday.

More and more investors hesitated to buy shares at high prices, which made many shares lose value. Up to 440 of the 683 shares declined and 100 fell to their floor prices. Only 80 shares posted gains, most of which were small- and mid-cap shares.

On the HCM Stock Exchange, blue chips continued to weigh on the market as only three of the top 30 shares by market value and liquidity rose while 26 declined. The VN30 went down 1.54 per cent to end at 660.13 points.

The largest insurer in Vietnam, Bao Viet Holdings (BVH), was the biggest loser with a drop of 4.2 per cent to VND43,200 ($2.05).

The HNX30, which tracks the top 30 shares on the Ha Noi bourse, also sank 3.92 per cent to 176.78 points.

Tan Tao Investment Industry Corp (ITA) was the most active stock nationwide on total trades of 21.2 million shares. ITA plunged 6 per cent to VND9,500 a share, the low price of 10 days ago which attracted investors to bargain.

According to analysts of FPT Securities Co, the selling pressure was not strong and weak demand could not help the market sustain the rising momentum. Furthermore, long net selling by foreign investors, especially concentrating on large-cap stocks, affected domestic investors' psychology.

Foreigners started to buy in again, concluding yesterday as net buyers on both exchanges with a total net value of VND101 billion ($4.8 million) worth of shares.

"However, such a small value did not have much of an impact on the market trend. The risk of capital withdrawal from Market Vectors Vietnam (VNM) ETF still exists," analysts of FPT Securities Co wrote, noting that the value of the fund certificate on the New York Stock Exchange dropped for three consecutive days in the past week. — VNS


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