Hanoi (VNA) - Blue chips helped prop the markets up on April 19, as everything around them started to fall.

In HCM City, the VN-Index closed down 0.38 percent to 453.74 points.

Market volume fell 24.5 percent from April 18 to 22.5 million shares, worth 462.8 billion VND (22 million USD).

Several blue chips managed to make gains, including Eximbank (EIB) up 0.7 percent; property developer Vincom (VIC), up 0.8 per cent; PetroVietnam Finance (PVF), up 3.2 percent and resort developer Vinpearl Land (VPL), up 4.3 percent.

Saigon Securities Inc (SSI) saw the biggest trading volume of 1.6 million shares.

In Hanoi, the HNX-Index fell 0.38 percent to finish at 86.16 points, with losers outnumbering gainers by 197-75.

Trading was modest with 22 million shares changing hands, totalling 298.2 billion VND (14.2 million USD).
Kim Long Securities (KLS) was the most active stock with 2 million shares traded, but it fell sharply by 4.08 percent to close at 9,400 VND./.