Shares closed higher on the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange on December 2, but fell in Hanoi after the launching of a new set of indices on the northern bourse.

The new benchmark index, HNXFF, increased 0.01 percent on the first day to 65.19 points. The Index, including stocks with a minimum free float rate of 5 per cent, will co-exist with the current HNX-Index, but replace it in a year's time.

The northern bourse on December 2 also introduced a HNX Large Cap Index and HNX Mid/Small Cap Index based on the capitalisation and indices for different sectors, including the manufacturing index, construction index and financials index.

The VN-Index on Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange advanced 0.15 percent to 508.53 points.

More than 77.68 million shares changed hands with a total value of 996.4 billion VND (47.47 million USD). Both trading volume and value were lower than the average figures of last week.

The VN30-Index, tracking the southern bourse's top shares by capitalisation and liquidity, lost 0.03 percent to 568.87 points with losers doubling gainers by 16-8.

Notably, PetroVietnam Drilling (PVD) on December 2 lost 5,500 VND (0.26 USD) to 64,000 VND (3.04 USD) per share and Vinamilk was 1,000 VND (0.0049 USD) lower at 141,000 VND (6.7 USD) per share.

Over decliners, including Bao Viet Group (BVH), Ho Chi Minh City Infrastructure Investment (CII), real estate developer Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAG), Masan Group (MSN), Hoa Sen Group (HSG), Vietcombank (VCB) and Sacombank (STB), lost between 100 VND (0.0049 USD) to 600 VND (0.028 USD) per share.

Overall 155 codes lost on December 2 while 89 managed to increase.

According to FPT Securities, the record gas-price increase of 6,600 VND (0.31 USD) per kilo on December 1 had a bad impact on the market in general.

However, it helped boost shares of the industry.

PetroVietnam Gas (PVG) earned 1,000 VND (0.049 USD) on December 2, helping the benchmark indice finish higher.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index lost 0.09 percent to 65.13 points on the exchange of 32 million shares.

The total trading volume reached 258.26 billion VND (12.29 million USD).

The HNX30-Index, composed of the capital's largest shares, edged up 0.23 percent to 122.9 points.-VNA