|Investors watch stocks move at one of Bảo Việt Securities Company’s trading offices in Hà Nội. Việt Nam’s benchmark VN Index has declined a total 1.6 per cent in the last two trading days after re-opening from the New Year holidays. — VNS Photo Trương Vị|
HÀ NỘI — Shares declined further on Thursday with VN-Index breaking last year’s lowest level of 880.85 points as a series of blue-chip stocks were hit hard, partly due to a falling global market.
The benchmark VN-Index on the Hồ Chí Minh Stock Exchange lost 1.52 per cent to end Thursday at 878.22 points. It inched down 0.09 per cent to end Wednesday at 891.75 points.
According to Bảo Việt Securities Company, the risk of a short-term downtrend is increasing as the VN-Index broke down the 880-point bottom. The market may keep falling to the lower support zone at 855-865 in the next sessions.
On the Hà Nội Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index shed 2.09 per cent to end at 100.52 points. It had fallen 1.50 per cent to 102.67 points on Wednesday.
More than 190 million shares worth a combined VNĐ3.9 trillion (US$165 million) were traded on the two markets.
Meanwhile, market breadth was negative with 100 stocks gaining and 326 declining, while 328 ended flat.
Vietnamese market’s downward trend is aligned with the world market when Apple cut its Q1 results. For international investors, this information along with weakening Chinese PMI became a warning signal about the negative impact of US-China trade war on economic activities.
According to BIDV Securities Company (BSC), cash flow and market sentiment continue to remain weak, although liquidity has increased but remained to be at a low level. Investors should wait for positive signals and limit transactions at this price range.
Large-cap companies performed poorly with the blue-chip VN30 Index falling 1.97 per cent to 838.79 points.
Bank stocks fell across the board, dragging the overall sector down 2.31 per cent. Losers included Bank for Investment and Development of Việt Nam (BID), losing 4.5 per cent to trade at VNĐ32,000 per share, Asia Commercial Bank (ACB), dropping 3.8 per cent to VNĐ28,100 per share, Vietinbank (CTG), decreasing 4.7 per cent to VNĐ18,100 per share and Military Bank (MBB), down 4.4 per cent to trade at VNĐ18,500 per share.
Oil-gas stocks also slipped on the slide of Petro Vietnam Gas JSC (GAS), Bình Sơn Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited (BSR), Việt Nam National Petroleum Group (PLX) and PetroVietnam Drilling & Well Services Corporation (PVD).
Real estate stocks also declined by 0.56 per cent, while securities stocks lost 1 per cent. Conversely, insurance stocks gained 0.16 per cent on the rise of Bảo Việt Holdings (BVH).
Foreign investors were net buyers for a seventh consecutive session seeing a buying value of VNĐ120 billion.
Some bluechips like steel maker Hòa Phát Group (HPG), confectionary producer Kido Group (KDC), Mobile World Group (MWG), jewellery producer Phú Nhuận (PNJ) and Vincom Retail (VRE), were also hit hard.
The UPCOM Index on the Unlisted Public Company Market (UPCoM) dropped 1.17 per cent to finish at 52.17 points. It lost 0.08 per cent to stand at 52.79 points on Wednesday. — VNS