Selling pressure drives market down

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018 07:55

An investor monitors the security index in Ha Noi. — VNS Photo Thai Ha

Shares declined on Monday as securities and banking lost momentum on investors selling pressure rising.

The benchmark VN Index on the HCM Stock Exchange dropped sharply 2.87 per cent to close at 987.34 points, breaking the 1000-point threshold. It had inched up 0.08 per cent on Friday.

The HNX Index on the Ha Noi Stock Exchange lost 2.46 per cent to end at 113.05 points, reversing from its gain of 0.86 per cent on Friday.

More than 222.8 million shares were traded on the two local exchanges, worth VND5.3 trillion (US$234 million).

The market breadth was negative as declining stocks outnumbered gaining ones by 312 to 140 while 288 other stocks remained unchanged.

Massive sell-offs drowned 16 of the 20 sectors on the stock market. Key industries that saw share prices drop included banking-financial, energy, construction material and retail, data on showed.

Large-cap stocks were hit strongly by profit-taking pressure. The large-cap VN30 Index fell 3.45 per cent to 970.35 points with 27 of the 30 largest stocks by market capitalisation suffering.

Bank stocks slumped with all nine listed banks losing value.

The three largest lenders – Vietcombank (VCB), Vietinbank (CTG), BIDV (BID) – slipped 4.2 per cent, 4.9 per cent and 5.9 per cent, respectively. Other banks on the Ha Noi bourse fell between 1.3-3.6 per cent each.

Among the worst-performing stocks in the energy sector were PetroVietnam Gas JSC (GAS), PetroVietnam Drilling & Well Services Corporation (PVD), PetroVietnam Technical Services Corporation (PVS) and Viet Nam National Petroleum Group (PLX).

Many large-caps in the real estate sector also face strong selling pressure, including Development Investment Construction JSC (DIG), Nam Long Investment Corporation (NLG), Vingroup Joint Stock Company (VIC) and Khang Dien House Trading and Investment JSC (KDH).

Another factor that dampened market sentiment was foreign investors continuing to net-sell local assets, posting VND547.75 billion worth of net sell value on the HOSE, focusing on VIC (VND531 billion), HPG (VND47.1 billion) and HSG (VND42.49 billion). Moreover they also net sold VND41.68 billion on the HNX.

According to Bao Viet Securities Company (BVSC), the bearish session on Monday pushed VN-Index to the support zone around 980.

“We forecast that the market will rebound in this zone, but this might not be a sustainable recovery,” BVSC said in its daily report.

Meanwhile, BIDV Securities Company (BSC) said in its report that the market had not confirmed the return of cash flow, investors can disburse portfolios, avoid the use of margin. — VNS

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