Large-cap stocks helped boost the national stock market on April 9 through their outstanding performance on both bourses.

On the Hochiminh City Stock Exchange, the VN30 Index, tracking the 30 largest stocks based on market value and liquidity, gained 0.42 percent to end at 578.35 points. In this basket, the number of gaining stocks grew nearly four-fold in comparison with the losing stocks at 18 to five, while seven other stocks remained flat.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX30 Index rose slightly by 0.65 percent to finish at 155.11 points.

The number of advancing stocks was five times more than the number of declining ones at 21 to four, and five others remained flat.

An increase in global oil prices on April 8 night had no effect on the domestic oil stocks, including Petroleum Technical Services Corporation (PVS), PetroVietnam Northern Gas JSC (PVG), PetroVietnam Coating JSC (PVB) and PetroVietnam Southern Gas JSC (PGS). They gained 0.43 percent, 2.38 percent, 0.89 percent and 3.59 percent, respectively.

The HNX-Index grew 0.5 percent to finish at 82.37 points. The number of gainers doubled the number of decliners by 133 to 67 and 165 others remained unchanged. The market's trading volume dropped 8.2 percent to a total of 39.5 million shares. However, its trading value rose 7.9 percent to 493 billion VND (23.4 million USD).

Foreign investors on April 8 recorded a net selling value of 41.9 billion on the southern market, two-thirds of the previous day's number, and a net buying value of 14.6 billion VND (697,000 USD) after becoming net sellers for two consecutive sessions in the Hanoi market.-VNA