Speculative stocks muddy market trends

September 25, 2017 - 07:00

Investors are shifting off blue chips and flirting with speculative stocks, making it more difficult to predict market trends.

Specialists monitor a bidding session on the Hanoi Stock Exchange. – VNA/VNS Photo Hoàng Hùng
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI – Investors are shifting off blue chips and flirting with speculative stocks, making it more difficult to predict market trends.

Many speculative stocks posted impressive growth last week and their gains even far exceeded the increases of the two main stock indices.

The benchmark VN-Index on the HCM Stock Exchange inched up just 0.16 per cent last week, closing Friday at 807.13 points. On the Hà Nội Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index rose by a stronger 1.94 per cent, ending the week at 106.52 points.

Meanwhile, KLF Joint Venture Global Investment (KLF), a penny stock on the Hà Nội bourse, cheered a seven-session rising streak, with its shares hitting the daily maximum rise for the last six sessions.

KLF has gained over 55 per cent in the past seven sessions with a total of 127 million shares traded.

In the HCM City’s market, HUD1 Investment & Construction (HU1) was the best performer last week with a growth of 30.8 per cent. Investors are betting on the firm’s third-quarter earnings, which its chairman has said would see the best business results in the company’s history.

Property developer An Dương Thảo Điền JSC (HAR) came second with a weekly gain of 17.5 per cent.

Increasing cash flows in speculative stocks also stimulated trading and helped push up market liquidity.

An average of 223.5 million shares worth VNĐ4 trillion (US$176.2 million) were traded per session in the two markets, up 19.3 per cent compared to the previous session.

Meanwhile, blue chips in the VN30 (which tracks the top 30 largest shares by market value and liquidity on the HCM Stock Exchange) widened divergence.

Vietinbank (CTG), BIDV (BID), IT group FPT (FPT) and steelmaker Hòa Phát Group (HPG) were gainers with growth of between 2-4 per cent, but private equity Masan Group (MSN) declined 7.3 per cent and dairy giant Vinamilk dropped by less than 1 per cent.

Weakening of large-cap stocks slowed down the market uptrend and made the market more volatile.

“This is a very difficult time for short-term opportunities,” said Nguyễn Hữu Bình, head of analysis at Vietnam Investment Securities Co. Bình said many major stocks with sound financial indicators have risen at least 20 per cent in the past two months, whereas investment in speculative stocks is often associated with high risks.

He cited the example of HAI Agrochem JSC (HAI), which climbed from just VNĐ4,000 a share at the end of June to over VNĐ21,000 in early August but declined sharply since then to around VNĐ10,000 last week.

“I personally think that investors should ignore short-term factors and seek stocks with positive elements but have yet to increase much for medium investment purpose,” Bình was quoted as saying on tinhnhanhchungkhoan.vn.

Oil and gold shares 

Last week, oil and gas stocks moved in line with global oil prices. They declined in the first three sessions and rebounded in the two week end sessions. Ending Friday, Petrolimex (PLX) lost 5.4 per cent while PV Gas (GAS) closed unchanged.

According to market observers, oil and gas stocks are likely to increase this week as oil prices reached over $50 a barrel in world markets.

New York’s light sweet crude (WTI) delivery in November rose 11 cents, or 0.2 per cent, to $50.66 in New York. Meanwhile, in the London market, Brent crude oil delivery also advanced 0.8% per cent to $56.86 a barrel.

For the whole week, WTI oil added 1.5 per cent, marking the third weekly gain. Brent Oil also gained 2.2 per cent for its fourth straight week of gains.

In addition, forecasts also point to gold trading as safe and profitable in the context of rising global political instability.

Phú Nhuận Jewelry JSC (PNJ) has climbed 51.5 per cent since early this year, from VNĐ75,500 a share on January 3 to VNĐ114,400 on Friday. – VNS