"Vin" stocks drag on markets

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019 07:55

Shares tumbled on Tuesday on the two national stock exchanges, dragged down by underperforming large caps, especially Vingroup and its subsidiaries.— VNA/VNS Photo

Shares tumbled on Tuesday on the two national stock exchanges, dragged down by underperforming large caps, especially Vingroup and its subsidiaries.

The VN-Index on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange lost 0.58 per cent to end the session at 977.17 points.

On the Ha Noi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index dropped 0.55 per cent to close Tuesday at 107.11 points.

Both stock indices decreased by less than 1 per cent last week.

A total of 175.5 million shares worth a combined VND3.6 trillion (US$155.7 million) were traded on the two markets.

The market was negatively affected by poorly performing “Vin” stocks – Vingroup (VIC), Vinhomes (VHM) and Vincom Retail (VRE). VHM and VRE each fell more than 2 per cent – the biggest loss among the VN30 (which tracks the top 30 shares by market value and liquidity on the HCM City bourse). VIC inched down just 0.1 per cent.

Their declines followed information that Pham Nhat Vu, brother of Viet Nam’s richest man Pham Nhat Vuong, also chairman of Vingroup, had been arrested for allegedly bribing officials in a telecoms scandal on Saturday.

Vu, the former chairman of Audio Visual Global (AVG), was caught up in a scandal last year concerning telecommunications company Mobifone’s attempt to purchase AVG, which officials have said it would have caused $300 million in losses to the State budget.

Though losses to “Vin” stocks narrowed in the afternoon, they affected market sentiment and drove down other blue chips.

PV Gas (GAS), Techcombank (TCB), Military Bank (MBB), PetroVietnam Fertiliser and Chemicals (DPM), Conteccons Construction (CTD), Vietinbank (CTD) and DHG Pharmaceuticals all declined by more than 1 per cent.

According to Huynh Minh Tuan, manager of investment company Bien An Toan, the impact of the arrest of Pham Nhat Vu would be short lived as Vu and his brother’s businesses were separate and the allegations were not related to the legality of Vingroup’s projects.

In the short term, the market was under pressures from key issues including the unclear end to the US-China trade war and inflationary pressure in the domestic market, and investors would be closely watching CPI, Tuan was quoted as saying on the finance and investment website ndh.vn.

Le Duc Khanh, chief economist and chief strategy officer at PetroVietnam Securities JSC (PSI), said the stock market was affected by two factors – 75 per cent psychological and 25 per cent financial. The psychological factor influenced investors’ decisions in the short term and caused big declines before major events.

However, history had shown that the market recovered after these events, Khanh said.

He mentioned that macroeconomic data from the first quarter was encouraging but some indicators such as credit expansion, GDP and industrial production growth all experienced declines compared to the same period last year.

Since the beginning of this year, liquidity on the stock market had declined 12.8 per cent in both domestic and foreign trade, indicating the reluctance of investors towards world political and trade changes, as well as the possibility of inflation and rising interest rates, Khanh said. — VNS

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