VN-Index inches down in week’s opening session

By Hung Le   January 18, 2021 | 08:18 pm GMT+7
VN-Index inches down in week’s opening session
An investor points at stock prices on a laptop at a brokerage in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.
The VN-Index edged down 0.19 percent to 1,191.94 points after struggling to stay in the green throughout the trading day.

The Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE), on which the VN-Index is based, was predominantly green despite closing in the red, with 273 stocks gaining and 201 losing. Total trading volume fell slightly over the previous session to VND17.76 trillion ($767.14 million).

Blue chips were the main drag this session, with the VN30-Index for the stock market’s largest caps plunging 0.75 percent.

Private banks did not do well this session. EIB of Eximbank shed 2.5 percent, STB of Sacombank 2.4 percent, HDB of HDBank 2.3 percent, VPB of VPBank 2.1 percent, and TCB of Techcombank, 1.8 percent.

State-owned banks did slightly better. Among Vietnam’s three biggest lenders by assets, CTG of VietinBank dropped 2.3 percent and BID of BIDV went down 0.4 percent while VCB of Vietcombank edged up 0.1 percent. MBB of mid-sized Military Bank fell 2.1 percent.

All real estate stocks ended in the red. NVL of Novaland shed 1.1 percent, KDH of Khang Dien House, 1 percent, TCH of Hoang Huy Group, 0.9 percent and VHM of giant Vinhomes 0.5 percent.

Other major losing tickers this session included SSI of top brokerage SSI Securities Corporation, down 1.8 percent, GAS of energy giant PetroVietnam Gas and MWG of electronics retailer Mobile World, both down 1.1 percent, and VIC of private conglomerate Vingroup, 0.8 percent.

Topping gains for the sixth session was ROS of construction firm FLC Faros, up 6.9 percent, hitting its ceiling price again. Despite this, ROS closed at VND3,740, far below its VND12,600 IPO in 2016 and a high of VND178,000 in late 2017.

The ticker has been plummeting since early 2018 as a result of increasingly poor business performance, and is now the smallest capped ticker on the VN30.

It was followed by SBT of agricultural exporter TTC-Sugar, up 5 percent, POW of electricity generator PetroVietnam Power, 2.8 percent, MSN of food conglomerate Masan Group, 2.3 percent, and VRE of mall operator Vincom Retail, up 1.8 percent.

The HNX-Index for the Hanoi Stock Exchange, home to mid-and small-caps, surged 2.23 percent, while the UPCoM-Index for the Unlisted Companies Market slipped 0.11 percent.

Foreign investors were net sellers to the tune of around VND620 billion on all three bourses, with the net selling focused mostly on HPG of steelmaker Hoa Phat Group (up 0.2 percent), SSI of SSI Securities Corporation and VHM of Vinhomes.

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