Energy pulls VN markets down

Friday, Mar 25, 2016 08:08

Investors watch market movements at FPT Securities' stock trading floor in Ha Noi. — VNS Photo Truong Vi

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Vietnamese shares retreated yesterday on both local markets from gains on Wednesday as energy stocks declined on lower oil prices and banks fell on low investor confidence.

The benchmark VN Index on the HCM Stock Exchange dropped 0.7 per cent to close at 570.66 points, and the HNX Index on the Ha Noi Stock Exchange declined by 0.4 per cent to finish at 80.23 points.

Energy stocks yesterday declined as crude prices extended falls for a second day after the US government reported its oil stockpile had reached its highest level, easing expectations on an agreed production cut that could be made between some OPEC members and other producers next month.

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and London-traded Brent crude fell 1.8 per cent each to trade at US$39.09 and $39.73 a barrel, respectively.

WTI has dropped 5.7 per cent in the last two trading days while Brent crude has fallen 4.9 per cent.

Among energy stocks, PetroVietnam Gas Corporation (GAS) declined by 2.9 per cent, PetroVietnam Technical Service Corporation (PVS) and PetroVietnam Coating Corporation (PVB) slumped 3 per cent and 3.8 per cent, respectively.

Additionally, banks returned to negative territory after US central bank officials gave hints on more than one rate hike for this year, with the first possibly in April.

Expectations on US rate hikes have strengthened the US dollar in recent trading sessions, putting pressure on Viet Nam's central bank to weaken the Vietnamese dong, and has lowered investor confidence in local stocks.

Yesterday, the central bank raised its reference mid-point rate for exchange trading band by VND21 to VND21,882 for a dollar. The mid-point rate has gained VND44 this week.

In the banking sector, Vietcombank (VCB) lost 1.9 per cent, the Bank for Investment and Development of Viet Nam (BID) fell 2.3 per cent, and Sacombank (STB) dropped 2.8 per cent.

Other stocks that also helped pull the markets down included insurer Bao Viet Holdings (BVH), HCM City Securities Corporation (HCM) and property developer Vingroup JSC (VIC).

Both local markets traded more than 224 million shares worth VND3.24 trillion (US$144 million), an increase of nearly one-fifth from Wednesday's trading value. — VNS

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