Strong buys by foreign investors helped lift shares on the HCM Stock Exchange on Jan. 17, carrying the VN-Index to a close of 495.16 points, a gain of 1.21 percent over the previous day's session.

Of the 10 leading shares by capitalisation, seven were gainers, including insurer Bao Viet Holdings (BVH), reaching its ceiling price for a second consecutive session; Masan Group (MSN), up 4.76 percent; and software giant FPT, up 2.36 percent.

Overall, gainers outnumbered decliners by 147-74. Market value continued to be modest at 1.1 trillion VND (52.3 million USD) with over 43.8 million shares traded. Saigon Securities Inc (SSI) was the most-active share, with 2.6 million changing hands.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index closed at 109.02, a gain of 0.9 percent over the previous day. The volume of trades increased by 32.8 percent to 34.4 million shares, worth a combined 618.1 billion VND (9.4 million USD).

Nine out of the 10 leading shares by capitalisation advanced, including Tien Phong Plastics (NTP), up 2.3 percent; Bao Viet Securities (BVS), up 4.6 percent; and Kim Long Securities (KLS), up 5.4 percent./.