Shares lost gains at the end of June 2 session, pulled down by selling pressure in the afternoon.

On the HCM Stock Exchange, the VN-Index slid from a three-month high to end the June 2 session at 570.31 points, off 0.81 percent from previous day's close.

Blue chips were the main losers, with the VN30 falling 0.84 percent to conclude at 588.63 points.

Bank stocks also retreated after many days of substantial gains except Vietcombank (VCB), that posted modest growth of 0.4 percent. Other big lenders including Eximbank (EIB), Vietinbank (CTG) and Sacombank (STB) dived around 3 percent, while Military Bank (MBB) and BIDV (BID) lost 2 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively.

"The market was largely backed by bank stocks on June 1. If you leave out this impact, the market is clearly undergoing a downward correction," analysts at Saigon-Hanoi Securities Co. wrote in a note.

These analysts said many sales orders were put below their reference prices, while intra-day trading of blue chips was less positive under high profit-taking pressure.

The market finished negative as losers outnumbered gainers by 147-67, while 89 closed flat.

The market volume was little higher than June 1, totaling nearly 124 million shares, while the value of trades increased 10 percent to reach more than 1.9 trillion VND (87.6 million USD).

Property developer FLC Group (FLC) continued to dominate trading in the HCM City market, with 15.4 million shares exchanged and a gain of 1.1 percent to finish the session at 9,100 VND. This figure far surpassed the second most active stock Saigon Securities Inc (SSI) at nearly 9 million shares.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index also slipped 0.88 percent under profit taking pressure, finishing the session at 83.15 points.

The HNX30 also sank 0.65 percent to end at 158.02 points.

Speculation still buoyed trades as the market volume climbed 20 percent over June 1 to reach nearly 54 million shares, while the trading value rose 25 percent to 641 billion VND (29.5 million USD).

F.I.T Investment Co (FIT) was the most active code on June 2, with trades of 6.8 million shares. Its prices also jumped 3.5 percent to settle at 14,700 VND (0.68 USD).

Foreign investors extended their net buying streak on June 2, picking up shares worth a combined 158 billion VND (7.3 million USD) in the two markets.-VNA