Vietnam stock market posts world’s highest gains

By Phuong Dong   June 6, 2021 | 03:50 pm PT
Vietnam stock market posts world’s highest gains
An investor looks at stock prices on a smartphone at the Yuanta securities firm in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, on March 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.
Vietnam’s benchmark VN-Index has surged 34.51 percent in the first half of this year, marking the highest increase in the world.

Abu Dhabi was second with its stock market rising 33.06 percent, followed by Austria with 32.65 percent, according to China-based stock database StockQ.

With an increase in five consecutive sessions in the past week, VN-Index reached 1,374.05 points last Friday, up 4.06 percent from a week earlier. Vietnam ranked third among the most active markets in the past week after Argentina and Hungary, according to the Chinese stock database.

Abundant cash flow, constantly increasing number of new investors and immediate measures to reduce congestion has propelled the stock market.

The number of new investors entering the stock market in May scaled a new monthly record, with over 113,000 new trading accounts opened.

The VN-Index's continuous growth has broken most forecasts made by domestic securities companies.

Citing geopolitical risks and complicated developments of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Viet Dragon Securities Company (VDSC) had forecast that the VN-Index could reach a high of 1,272 points, equivalent to a year-on-year increase of about 15 percent.

Other securities firms like Vietcombank Securities (VCBS) and Viet Capital Securities (VCSC) made similar forecasts of the index reaching 1,250-1,280 points.

Ho Chi Minh Securities Corporation (HSC) had a more positive view, and forecast that the VN-Index could reach 1,500 points by the end of the year.

The index has surged rapidly, pushing the price-earnings (P/E) ratio to 18.8. While this figure is still much lower than other Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand, it shows Vietnam's stock market is coming of age.

In a newly released strategy report, VNDirect Securities said: "The market is no longer undervalued but also not too high, meaning that businesses need more time to improve their results and pull the valuation ground to a more attractive level."

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