Stocks closed largely unchanged on the HCM Stock Exchange on Sept. 5 but declined on the Hanoi bourse after running up gains earlier in the session.

In HCM City , as the market resumed trading from the National Day holiday on Sept. 2, the VN-Index closed at 435.73. The value of trades rose slightly over the previous session to about 812 billion VND (39 million USD) as 52.7 million shares were traded.

Twelve stocks, primarily blue chips, saw volumes in excess of a million shares, with Saigon Securities Inc (SSI) becoming the most-active share with over 3 million changing hands. SSI shares closed down by 3.8 percent, however, to just 20,300 VND per share.

Insurer Bao Viet Holdings (BVH) and food producer Masan Group (MSN) both hit their ceiling prices, while PetroVietnam Finance (PVF) rose by 3.7 percent.

Decliners outnumbered advancers overall by 131-104.

The HNX-Index lost 0.33 percent after mixed trading on the Hanoi Stock Exchange on Sept. 5, closing at 75.11 points. However, heavy profit-taking pushed market value up by 33 percent to nearly 826.8 billion VND (39.7 million USD) on a volume of over 69 million shares.

Banks continued to soar, with Sai Gon-Hanoi Bank (SHB) and Habubank (HBB) both rising by over 6 percent and Asia Commercial Bank (ACB) gaining 5.8 percent. However, Kim Long Securities (KLS) remained the most heavily-traded stock, with nearly 8 million traded. KLS closed down by 3.8 percent.

Foreign investors concluded the day as net sellers on both bourses, unloading a combined 53 billion VND (2.5 million USD) worth of shares./.