Investors watch stock price changes at the Vietcombank Securities Company (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The stock market started the first week of April with green colour dominating large-cap stocks and those in banking and real estate in both bourses.

The benchmark VN-Index picked up 22.15 points to close at 1,196.61 points on April 2, the highest since the stock market of Vietnam was launched, when more than 245.7 million shares were sold for about 8.04 trillion VND (353 million USD) on the HCM Stock Exchange (HOSE). The bourse saw gaining stocks outnumbered the declining ones by 155 to 140 while 42 others ended flat.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX), the HNX-Index edged up 2.94 points, closing at 135.40 points after some 52 million of shares, worth 937.5 billion VND (41.15 million USD), were traded on the bourse. There were 72 gainers and 77 losers while 62 others ended flat.

The large-cap stocks experienced strong gains with the VN30 advancing 18.13 points. Among 20 VN30 gainers were Vietjet Air (VJC), up 4,200 VND per share; VinGroup (VIC), up 5.800 VND per share; Bao Viet Group (BVH), up 2,600 VND per share; PetroVietnam (GAS), up 4,700 VND per share; and MaSan Group (MSN), 1,100 VND per share.

The green also dominated the banking shares with gainers including Vietcombank (VCB), up 3,500 VND per share; ACB, up 2,500 VND per share; VP Bank (VPB), up 3,500 VND per share; and CTG (Vietinbank), up 1,600 VND per share.

Money pouring into the real estate sector on the stock exchanges boosted popular stocks like FLC, which gained 150 VND per share with more than 10.2 million of shares traded. Other active ones included No Va Land (NVL), up 2,800 VND per share; Sao Mai Group (ASM), Dat Xanh Group (DXG), and Hoa Binh Group (HBC).-VNA