The benchmark VN-Index edged down 0.41 percent to close the March 13 session at 586.10 points on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange as large-cap shares had a declining performance.

The VN30, which tracks the top 30 shares by market value and liquidity, decreased by 0.53 percent to end at 616.94 points, with losers outnumbered gainers by 18 to 4.

Bank shares, including Vietinbank (CTG) and the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BID), continued to improve their performances, gaining 1.06 and 1.09 percent in share prices and had total trading volumes of 2.38 and 2.43 million shares, respectively.

However, the declining performances of other large-cap shares were the main force dragging the market down. Vietnam Dairy Products Joint Stock Company (VNM), PetroVietnam Gas Joint Stock Corporation (GAS) and Ma San Group Corporation (MSN)'s share price in turn decreased by 0.92 percent, 1.92 percent and 0.57 percent respectively. Meanwhile, FLC Group (FLC), the most active code with 27.3 million shares traded, increased 1.71 percent to finish at 11,900 VND a share.

Overall trading on HCM City's exchange rose by 17 percent to close with 97.2 million shares, worth nearly 1.6 trillion VND (76 million USD), changing hands, an increase of 14.3 percent over the previous session.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index saw a decrease of 0.17 percent to close the session at 85.72 points.

Market trading volume slightly pushed up by 1.64 percent to 30.9 million shares, but the trading value decreased by 3.4 percent to 424 billion VND (20.2 million USD). KLF Joint Venture Global Investment Co (KLF) and F.I.T Investment Co (FIT) remained the most heavily-traded stocks here with 3.7 and 2 million shares traded on each code, respectively. Both ended flat, at 10,600 VND a KLF share and 18,000 VND a FIT share.

However, foreign investors suddenly increased their net selling value by nearly five times the previous session. They remained net sellers in both markets, with net selling value of 54.4 billion VND (2.6 million USD) worth of shares.-VNA