Traders at a trading platform of Saigon Securities Inc in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The benchmark VN Index on the HCM Stock Exchange struggled to remain upbeat on October 12 as energy producers lost momentum after crude prices declined on the previous day.

The southern market index ended almost flat at 682.45 points, maintaining a 1.2 percent gain after two sessions.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX Index edged up 0.4 percent to close at 84.89 points, rebounding from a three-day decline of 1.7 percent.

Nearly 161 million shares were traded across the trading board, worth 2.5 trillion VND (111 million USD) – a decrease of more than 28.5 percent from the October 11 trading value.

Mid-cap and small-cap stocks were attractive to investors. Property company FLC Group (FLC)) was the most active stock with nearly 21 million shares being traded. FLC close up 2.3 percent on October 12.-VNA