Skepticism remains despite recovery

Tuesday, May 08, 2018 07:47

Investors at Artex Securities Company. — VNS Photo Viet Thanh

Vietnamese shares soared on Monday as strong buying boosted almost all local stocks following the market’s recent decline.

The benchmark VN-Index on the HCM Stock Exchange jumped 3.45 per cent, or 35.46 points, to end at 1,062.26 points. The VN-Index lost total 2.2 per cent last week.

The HNX Index on the Ha Noi Stock Exchange gained 3.25 per cent to close at 126.55 points, extending its growth to total 4.6 per cent after the last three sessions.

More than 210 million shares were traded on the two local exchanges, worth VND5.76 trillion (US$256 million), dropping to below the average level of the last 21 sessions.

The market breadth was positive with 302 gaining stocks and 160 declining stocks while the remaining 112 others ended flat.

Nineteen of the 20 sectors on the stock market saw share prices rise, including insurance, banking, securities, energy and food and beverage. Those sector indices moved up between 3.5 per cent and 5.6 per cent, data on showed.

Leading gainers among those stocks were Bank for Investment and Development of Viet Nam (BID), insurer Bao Viet Holdings (BVH), Vietinbank (CTG), brewer Sabeco (SAB) and Saigon Securities Inc (SSI).

These stocks were also the important element to lift the large-cap VN30 Index up 3.67 per cent, to 1,048.03 points. In the large-cap basket VN30, 28 stocks advanced and only one declined.

According to Nguyen Thanh Lam, head of individual client and market analysis at Maybank Kim Eng Securities JSC, the VN-Index had witnessed strong volatility since April as it had lost more than 14 per cent in the period from its all-time peak of 1,204.33 points made on April 9.

The sharp fall of the VN-Index made it the worst-performing benchmark index in both regional and international markets, which was a big change after it was recognised as the best-performing index in the first quarter of 2018, he said.

“The strong correction of the VN-Index has lessened the market’s price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio to 18 from 22, which is now level with other regional markets, indicating the correction may get slower and the market may recover soon.”

Opportunities had opened up for investors in some groups of stocks that had seen prices erased significantly in the last one month such as banks, property developers and financial companies, Lam added.

Despite a strong gain yesterday, Bao Viet Securities Company (BVSC) remained skeptical about the short-term prospect of the stock market as trading liquidity has remained quite low and signalled no improvement.

“As liquidity has yet to improve, this recovery still seems doubtful,” BVSC said in its daily report. Liquidity has remained below the 21-session average, proving investors “remained cautious and skeptical about the market’s uptrend.”

Another factor that must be viewed insightfully at the moment was the flow of foreign capital in the stock market, which has remained as “net selling” since April, Lam from Maybank Kim Eng Securities JSC said.

Foreign investors on Monday posted a total net sell value of nearly VND472 billion on the local exchanges. They sold net VND671 billion last Friday.

“We need to wait until foreign investors turned optimistic about the stock market in the short-term with the return of their net-buying status, then the market condition may improve further,” he said. — VNS

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