The VN-Index on the HCM Stock Exchange failed to extend November 20's gains, losing 0.32 percent to close November 21’s session at 383.87 points.

The value of trades was still sluggish, totalling 364.7 billion VND (17.4 million USD), boosted by trading of top 30 shares, which accounted for 70 percent of the total market value, or 256.5 billion VND (6.9 million USD).

However, a slump in blue chips weighed on the market on the day, with more than half of the top 30 shares losing value, driving the VN30 down 0.49 percent to stand at 452.87 points.

Steelmaker Hoa Phat Group (HPG) fell 3.2 per cent to 18,000 VND (0.86 USD), while food processor Masan Group (MSN), property developer VinGroup (VIC) and Phu My Fertiliser (DPM) declined slightly.

The Military Bank (MBB) was still the most active stock on the day, with 1.23 million shares traded, and closed flat at 12,100 VND (0.58 USD).

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index also gave up 0.94 percent to finish at 51.41 points with a low turnover of 85.37 billion VND (4.1 million USD).

Real estate company Sacomreal (SCR) reclaimed the position of being the most active code on the Hanoi market with 3.17 million shares exchanged, but bottomed out at just 4,300 VND a share.-VNA