Shares down on global uncertainty

Thursday, Nov 03, 2016 08:35

Shares tumbled yesterday on the two exchanges on rising investor caution, caused by uncertainties in global markets. — VNS Photo
HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Shares tumbled yesterday on the two exchanges on rising investor caution, caused by uncertainties in global markets.

The benchmark VN-Index, a measure of 314 stocks on the HCM Stock Exchange dropped 0.8 per cent to close at 671.4 points after increasing 0.1 per cent on Tuesday.

On the Ha Noi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index tracking 379 shares was down 1.2 per cent to 81.3 points. It had rose 0.1 per cent the previous day.

Overall market conditions were negative with 273 of total 693 stocks declining while 133 advanced.

Market sentiment weakened as global stocks kept falling amid anxiety of the outcome of the US presidential election among other things.

"Although Viet Nam's market typically lacks correlation with the world market, a solid trend may leave an effect," analysts at FPT Securities Co wrote in a note.

Blue chips led the downturn as 23 of the top 30 biggest shares by market capitalisation dropped while only three increased. The biggest losers included insurer Bao Viet Holding (BVH) and steelmaker Hoa Phat Group (HPG) each down more than 2 per cent. The second largest listed lender Vietcombank (VCB) and real estate giant VinGroup (VIC) both fell over 1 per cent.

Money focused on low-valued stocks as ten of the top 10 most active stocks on the two exchanges had value of below VND10,000 per share.

Realty firms attracted the most attention. FLC Group (FLC), Tan Tao Investment and Industry (ITA), Hoang Quan Consulting-Trading-Service Real Estate (HQC), Sacomreal (SCR), Tasco (HUT) and PetroVietnam Construction (PVX) all were among the most heavily-traded stocks.

Liquidity improved with a total of 175.2 million shares worth over VND2.7 trillion (US$121.1 million) exchanged in the two markets, up 13.3 per cent in volume and 22.7 per cent in value compared to Tuesday.

According to analysts at BIDV Securities Co, the VN-Index's retreat to the support level of 670 points showed that the market is no out of a medium-term upswing.

"Increased market risks can make the market adjust to lower support thresholds of around 660 points," they wrote in a note.

Foreign investors returned as net sellers in HCM City's market yesterday after three consecutive net buying sessions, offloading shares worth a net value of VND46 billion. They also extended net selling in Ha Noi's market to three days in a row with net sell value of VND6 billion. — VNS

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