Investors' appetite for shares continued to climb despite both stock indices moving near strong resistance levels.

On the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange on August 26, the benchmark VN-Index added another 3.18 points, or 0.51 percent, to close the session at 629.06 points.

Blue chips kept the market momentum as large-cap stocks such as Vietcombank (VCB), FPT Corporation (FPT), Bao Viet Holdings (BVH), Phu My Fertiliser Co (DPM) and KinhBac City Development Co (KBC) rose strongly.

The VN30 tracking the top 30 shares by market value and liquidity went up 0.98 percent to end at 668.25 points.

Liquidity continued to increase with both market volume and value growing 25 percent from August 25, totalling 135.4 million shares worth 2.594 trillionVND (123 million USD).

Realty stocks again drew most investments. Four of the five most active codes were from this sector. FLC Group (FLC), Tan Tao Investment Industry Corporation (ITA), KBC and Hoang AnhGia Lai Company (HAG) led the market with volumes of 5-13 million shares traded on each code.

Analysts said increasing liquidity showed investor confidence was being strengthened, supported by optimistic economic data, including low inflation and trade surplus.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index also grew 1.04 percent to finish at 85.69 points on August 26.

The market was little changed from the previous session, totaling nearly 91 million shares worth 1.164 trillionVND (55.2 million USD).

Sai Gon-Hanoi Bank (SHB) became the most active stock in the capital on August 26 with 10.9 million shares, rising 1.09 percent to end at 9,300VND per share.

PetroVietnam Construction Corporation (PVX) came second on trades of more than nine million shares, closing up 2 percent to 5,100VND a share.

Foreign investors extended their net buying streak to the fourth day in a row. They picked up a combined 74.2 billionVND (3.5 million USD) worth of shares on the two stock exchanges.

KBC led the foreign buys in both volume and value with more than 2 million shares worth 31.39 billionVND (1.5 million USD) traded. That strong buy also pushed the share price up 6.45 percent to finish at 13,200VND a share.-VNA