|Investors at SSI’s exchange floor. Higher investor confidence yesterday lifted the VN Index after the US central bank showed cautiousness in its rate hike plan. - VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng|
HÀ NỘI – Vietnamese shares were mixed on local markets yesterday as investor confidence rose after the US central bank’s latest statement on its policy tightening plan.
The benchmark VN Index on the HCM Stock Exchange rebounded 0.3 per cent to close at 569.91 points, while the HNX Index on the Hà Nội Stock Exchange dropped 0.4 per cent to decline by 1.2 per cent in the last two sessions.
Investor confidence improved, along with gains on global stock markets after the US central bank announced it will take careful measures in raising its interest rates due to the slowdown of the world’s economy, Bảo Việt Securities Corporation (BVSC) wrote in its daily report.
The improved investor confidence helped boost local large-cap financial stocks, including banks and brokerage firms.
In the banking sector, Vietcombank (VCB) inched up 0.2 per cent, Vietinbank (CTG) rose 0.6 per cent and Sacombank (STB) added 2 per cent.
Among brokerage companies, Sài Gòn Securities Incorporation (SSI) was up 1 per cent, Bảo Việt Securities Corporation (BVS) advanced 2 per cent and Sài Gòn-Hà Nội Securities Corporation (SHS) rose 1.5 per cent.
Following the US central bank’s message, the US dollar got weaker against other currencies, including the Vietnamese đồng. Yesterday, Việt Nam’s central bank sent its reference mid-point rate for exchange trading bands by VNĐ11 to VNĐ21,878 per dollar. The mid-point rate has fallen VNĐ13 since Monday on expectations that the US central bank will make rate hikes at a slower pace this year.
Additionally, crude rebounded from a four-day slump as the US dollar weakened on the global exchanges.
The US benchmark crude West Texas Intermediate (WTI) rose 1.7 per cent to trade at US$38.91 a barrel, and London-traded Brent crude added 1.4 per cent to trade at $39.68 a barrel.
US crude fell 7.6 per cent during the previous four trading days and Brent dropped 6.3 per cent.
The gains in global oil prices picked up energy stocks such as PetroVietnam Coating Corporation (PVB), PetroVietnam Drilling and Well Service Corporation (PVD) and PetroVietnam Technical Service Corporation (PVS), which rose 0.4 per cent and 0.6 per cent.
Other big stocks such as dairy firm Vinamilk (VNM), confectionery producer KIDO Group (KDC), and plastic and rubber company Tiền Phong Plastic JSC (NTP) also helped raise the markets.
VNM added 1.5 per cent. KDC was up 1.3 per cent and NTP gained 2.1 per cent.
On the opposite side, other stocks declined and held markets back. Among them, Hùng Vương Corporation (HVG) dropped 0.9 per cent, insurer Bảo Việt Holdings (BVH) fell 1 per cent, BIDV Insurance Corporation (BIC) lost 1.8 per cent and the Asia Commercial Bank (ACB) slumped 4.3 per cent.
Both local markets yesterday traded more than 136.4 million shares worth VNĐ2.76 trillion ($122.8 million), a decrease of 13.5 per cent from Tuesday’s trading value. – VNS