Individual stocks soar, losers outnumber gainers (Photo VNA)

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) -
The market trend of heavy dependence on several individual stocks generated some volatility in last week’s trades.

The benchmark VN-Index on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange hit a new 10-year peak at 840.37 points on October 27, a record high since February 12, 2008. However, the index’s weekly gain of 1.63 percent was mostly driven by a ‘hot’ stock, the FLC Faros Construction Corp (ROS).

ROS share prices rose 39 percent in just one week, from 141,300 VND per share to 196,000 VND (8.63 USD) apiece. In the past one month, ROS shares have risen 85.4 percent, lifting the market capitalisation of the company to above 4 billion USD.

Many investors began to talk about the ‘ROS-Index,’ because its rise covered the fact of losing stocks outnumbering gainers over several sessions.

“It seems better to forget about the current market movements and focus on individual stocks,” said Hieu Nguyen, a senior analyst at Viet Dragon Securities Co.

Hieu said many traders had experienced losses in their portfolio despite the continuous rise in the VN-Index.

Many stocks have declined compared to two months ago, including blue chips like Binh Minh Plastics (BMP), steelmaker Hoa Sen Group (HSG), HCM City Infrastructure Investment (CII), the Southern Rubber Industry (CSM) and Quang Ngai Sugar (QNS).

The market witnessed positive signals in the weekend session as a lot of large-cap stocks advanced along with ROS, including big banks like Vietcombank (VCB), Military Bank (MBB) and BIDV (BID), VinGroup (VIC), Vietjet Air (VJC), PV Gas (GAS) and Masan Group (MSN).

However, according to Nguyen Ngoc Lan, head of brokerage division at Agribank Securities Co, the current rally is unstable given low market liquidity and overall sluggish market conditions.

“In my opinion, the market will likely experience a correction in the next few sessions.

“Basically, the index may continue to rise, but to perceive a clearer market trend, we must look at cash flows in the coming sessions,” Lan was quoted as saying on the tinnhanhchungkhoan.vn website.

Meanwhile, without support from large-cap stocks, the HNX-Index on the Hanoi Stock Exchange slumped 1.56 percent for the week, ending October 27 at 106.45 points.

Liquidity continued to drop last week with an average of 198.2 million shares worth 3.7 trillion VND (162.5 million USD) being traded in the two markets per session, down 12.5 percent in trading volume and 22 percent in trading value compared to the previous week.

Phan Dung Khanh, head of investment advisory at Maybank Kim Eng Securities Company, said shares of the banking, energy, technology, precious metals (Phu Nhuan Jewellery) and aviation (Vietjet, Airports Corporation of Vietnam) sectors had room to rise further.

For investors with high risk tolerance, penny stocks would likely generate the fastest short-term profits, Khanh said, citing shares of Khanh Hoa Mineral Water Co (VKD), whose prices had increased tenfold over the last month.

Dang Thanh The, head of individual clients advisory at MB Securities JSC, advised investors to choose the trend-flowing strategy, by withdrawing from stocks which have gained substantially since the beginning of the year and focusing on the stocks showing a bullish trend in recent weeks.-VNA