Shares advanced on both national stock exchanges on January 13, with the benchmark in the southern bourse exceeding the 520-point level thank to blue chips' support.

The VN-Index gained 0.42 percent to reach 521.11 points. However, investors were showing caution, with liquidity strongly declining over the January 10 trading.

Nearly 80 million shares worth 1.14 trillion VND (54.28 million USD) changed hands on January 13.

Of the southern bourse's 30 largest stocks by capitalisation and liquidity, losers overwhelmed gainers by 12-9, but the VN30-Index increased 0.08 percent to 576.61 points.

The increase was due to gains from shares of PetroVietnam, including PetroVietnam Drilling (PVD) which rose 2,000 VND (about 10 cent) per share to 66,500 VND (3.16 USD). PetroVietnam Low Pressure Gas Distribution (PGD) increased 1,100 VND to 39,600 VND per share and PetroVietnam Chemicals and Fertilisers Company (DPM) went up 500 VND per share to 42,900 VND.

Other advancers included Southern Rubber Company (CSM), Da Nang Rubber Company (DRC), FPT Group (FPT), Kinh Do (KDC), Hoa Phat Group (HPG) and Sai Gon Securities (SSI).

SSI was the most active stock in the securities sector yesterday, leading the bourse in liquidity with nearly four million shares traded.

Of the blue chips, Vinamilk (VNM) lost 1,000 VND, Vietcombank (VCB) lost 300 VND and Bao Viet Group (BVH) was down 400 VND per share the same day.

Shares managed to rebound on the northern bourse, with the HNX-Index closing 0.4 per cent higher at 71.05 points.

The HNXFF-Index, composed of stocks with the minimum free float rate of 5 percent, edged up 0.28 percent to 70.88 points.

The total trading value reached 419 billion VND on the exchange of more than 47.48 million shares.

The HNX30-Index, comprised of the capital city's top shares, finished 0.64 percent higher to reach 135.78 points.

Foreign investors concluded yesterday as net buyers, purchasing stocks worth 86.8 billion VND.

Since the beginning of this year, foreign buyers poured 368 billion VND (17.52 million USD) into the Vietnam stock market with a focus on buying blue chips such as PetroVietnam Gas (GAS), Masan Group (MSN) and Vietcombank (VCB).

According to FPT Securities, the upward trend would continue in the medium term.-VNA