Large-cap stocks got stronger on April 24 but were only able to push up the southern market.

On the HCM Stock Exchange, the VN-Index went up 0.81 percent to end at 565.77 points.

Of all stocks, 119 codes advanced, 85 declined and 102 ended flat.

Market liquidity extended losses. The trading volume fell to 61.6 million shares while trading value ended almost flat at 1.32 trillion VND (61.1 million USD).

The VN30 Index, tracking the 30 largest codes by market value and liquidity, improved by 0.57 percent to end at 596.1 points.

In this basket, the ratio of decliners and was three-quarters the number of advancers at 9 to 12, while 9 remained unchanged.

Among large-cap shares, Thien Long Group Corporation (TLG) reached its ceiling price at 63,000 VND by gaining 6.78 percent, while Viet Thang Feed JSC (VTF) was down to its floor price at 27,900 VND, losing 7 percent.

HCM City Infrastructure Investment JSC (CII) remained the most active code with more than 5.4 million shares traded, but its value fell to 21,100 VND.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index decreased by 0.08 percent to close at 82.58 points. The northern bourses saw 100 gainers, 87 losers and 178 flat stocks.

Market liquidity improved slightly over the previous session with more than 43 million shares worth 544 billion VND (25.2 million USD) traded, up 2.14 percent.

The HNX30 Index gained 0.39 percent to close at 157.81 points. This basket had 11 gainers, seven decliners and twelve flat stocks.

On the northern bourse, large-cap gas codes got stronger and became the main force in helping the market avoid further losses. Petroleum Drilling Mud Corporation (PVC) and Petroleum Technical Services Corporation (PVS) surged by 2.56 and 2.32 percent, respectively.

Petro Vietnam Northern Gas JSC (PVG) added 9.2 percent in market value to reach the ceiling price at 9,500 VND.

KLF Joint Venture Global Investment JSC (KLF) was the most active code on the northern bourse with 8.8 million shares being traded, but its value fell by 1.11 percent to 8,900 VND.

From May 4, the HNX30 basket will change. Bao Thu Development and Investment JSC (BII) and C.E.O Investment JSC (CEO) will be added, while Song Hong Construction JSC (ICG) and HUDLAND Real Estate Investment and Development JSC (HLD) will be removed.

Foreign investors ended the session as net sellers on the HCM City market with a net selling value of 48 billion VND (2.2 million USD) and remained as net buyers in Hanoi, posting a net purchase value of 31 billion VND (1.4 million USD).-VNA