Accelerated selling in the afternoon dragged down the benchmark indices on the Ho Chi Minh City Exchange, even as liquidity climbed to a new high on December 20.

Meanwhile, the VN-Index on the southern bourse tumbled 0.36 percent to 504.45 points.

The total trading value was more than double that of December 19, reaching 3.039 trillion VND (144.7 million USD) on the exchange of 142.42 million shares.

Red colouring spread throughout the electric board, with 120 stocks losing, in comparison to 96 gainers.
Also, the VN30-Index, tracking the southern city's 30 largest shares by capitalisation and liquidity, shed 0.86 percent to 560.68 points.

Of those, only Masan Group (MSN) managed to increase 2,000 VND (0.095 USD) per share to 87,000 VND (4.1 USD) thanks to the buying by foreign investors.

Nineteen stocks declined yesterday, including big names such as insurance company Bao Viet Group (BVH), Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAG), Hoa Phat Group (HPG), Hoa Sen Group (HSG), Kinh Do (KDC), PetroVietnam Drilling (PVD), PetroVietnam Transportation (PVT) and Vietcombank (VCB).

Notably, real estate giant Vingroup (VIC) lost 4,000 VND (0.19 USD) per share to 66,000 VND (3.14 USD).

Selling jumped during the final minutes of the afternoon's session, as transactions boomed, pushing liquidity to a new high.

The northern bourse also witnessed a record high in liquidity on December 20, with 91 million shares traded with a total value of 615.14 billion VND (29.29 million USD), 28 percent and 7 percent higher than the previous day, respectively.

The HNX-Index lost 0.18 percent to 67.5 points and the HNXFF-Index, composed of stocks with a minimum free float rate of 5 percent, decreased 0.31 percent to 67.5 points.

The HNX30-Index, composed of the bourse's largest shares, shed 0.78 percent to 128.03 percent.

December 20 was the last day for the two exchange-traded funds (ETF) to restructure their investment lists. The new lists will become active on December24.-VNA