Shares edge down on selling pressure, foreign investors flee market

Shares ended lower on Monday as profit-taking activities weighed on the stock market, while foreign investors net sold more than a trillion Vietnamese dong on two main exchanges.

 

The market benchmark VN-Index fell 5.14 points, or 0.37 per cent, to 1,372.63 points. The index gained 1.93 per cent last week.

The market's breadth was negative as 232 stocks declined and 173 stocks rose.

The liquidity was still high with nearly 768.2 million shares traded on HoSE, worth VND22.66 trillion (US$982.7 million).

The losses were driven by falls in pillar stocks. The VN30-index, which tracks the 30 biggest stocks in market capitalisation on the southern market, slid 0.2 per cent to 1,478.29 points. Seventeen of 30 stocks in the VN30 basket fell, while ten stocks climbed and three stocks ended flat.

Stocks in attractive sectors including banking, material and real estate led the market's losses.

JSC Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV, BID) lost the most, down 2.49 per cent. Other stocks posting big losses were Hoa Phat Group (HPG), Vietcombank (VCB), Techcombank (TCB), Vietinbank (CTG) and Vietnam Dairy Products JSC (Vinamilk, VNM). All these stocks plunged more than 1 per cent on Monday.

The index pared some losses on gains in utilities, real estate, retail and infomation technology (IT) including the Viet Nam National Petroleum Group (Petrolimex, PLX), Mobile World Investment Corporation (MWG), No Va Land Investment Group Corporation (Novaland, NVL) and FPT Corporation (FPT).

According to an analyst from Bao Viet Securities Company, the benchmark is expected to move sideways with some up and down sessions in ranges of 1,374 - 1,385 points in the upper bound and 1,300 - 1,330 points in the lower bound.

"The market continues to witness strong division between stock lines at the moment. And cash flows will shift alternatively among small/medium-cap stocks or large-cap stocks that haven't gained much in previous rallies," the company added.

On the Ha Noi Stock Exchange (HNX), the HNX-Index fell 0.78 per cent to 316.24 points, weighed by losses in large-cap stocks. The HNX30-Index decreased by 0.65 per cent to 502.24 points.

During the session, over 144.1 million shares were traded on the northern bourse, worth more than VND3.2 trillion.

Meanwhile, foreign investors were net sellers on both exchanges, with a total value of VND1.13 trillion. Of which, they net sold a value of nearly VND1.1 trillion on HoSE, and a value of VND33.72 billion on HNX. 

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BID 40,200 -800 -1.95%
CTG 32,500 -1,000 -2.99%
FPT 90,500 1,100 +1.23%
HPG 45,800 -1,400 -2.97%
MWG 161,700 -3,500 -2.12%
NVL 103,000 -1,900 -1.81%
PLX 50,200 -700 -1.38%
TCB 49,500 -1,600 -3.13%
VCB 97,000 -3,300 -3.29%
VNM 87,600 800 +0.92%

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