Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Shares slumped in both local markets on Monday as investor confidence dropped on negative market conditions and sliding oil prices.
The benchmark VN-Index on the HCM Stock Exchange fell 1.18 per cent to close at 766.56 points, extending its fall for a second day from a loss of 0.9 per cent on Friday. The benchmark index also had the worst decline since the beginning of 2017.
The HNX-Index on the Hà Nội Stock Exchange lost 1.19 per cent to end at 100.37 per cent. The northern market index fell 1 per cent on Friday.
More than 328.2 million shares were exchanged on both bourses, worth VNĐ5.26 trillion (US$233.7 million).
Market conditions were negative with declining stocks outnumbering gainers by 348 to 139, and 17 of the 20 sectors on the stock market ending in the negative territories.
In the VN30 Index, which tracks the movement of the 30 largest companies by market capitalisation, 28 stocks declined.
The worst decliners included Sài Gòn Securities Inc (SSI), lenders BIDV (BID), MBBank (MBB) and Vietcombank (VCB), and DHG Pharmaceutical Co (DHG).
Volatile crude prices also had negative impacts on energy stocks, pulling PetroVietnam Gas (GAS) down 0.7 per cent.
According to market analysts and brokerage firms, the sharp decline came after both local indices continuously hit their fresh highs last week, allowing investors to lock in profits for their portfolios.
The VN-Index last Thursday set a nine-year high of 782.65 points and the HNX-Index climbed to 102.60 points after a seven-day rally.
Nguyễn Thế Minh, head of the capital market analysis at Sài Gòn Securities Inc, said investors thought the local indices had reached their expected profitable levels, so they simply offloaded stocks to earn some profits.
The selling also helped ease the margin lending condition on the market, he said, as money had been transferred from large-cap and mid-cap stocks to penny ones, putting the stock market at high risk of correction.
The local market was also affected by negative trends in the global markets, such as the volatility of oil prices and risks in the US market, he added.
In addition, investors started offloading stocks of companies that had been expected to release good earnings reports for the second quarter, Minh said.
They were seeking a chance to sell those stocks as they had priced in the results of those stocks in advance, especially after those companies experienced strong gains in their first-quarter earnings, Minh added. — VNS