Shares closed higher on both the national stock exchanges on April 8.

The market was closed on April 9 on account of public holiday and resumed operations on April 10.

On the Hochiminh Stock Exchange, the VN-Index ended 0.45 percent higher to close at 603.25 points, and nearly 127.5 million shares were traded during the day.

The total trading value reached 2.4 trillion VND (114.3 million USD), roughly similar to that noted during the previous trading session.

The market witnessed gains and losses on April 8, as investors maintained a cautious stance and were hesitant to inject capital.

Large-cap stocks did not play the role of market pillars on April 8, with the VN30-Index, tracking the southern bourse's largest stocks by capitalisation and liquidity, dropping 0.14 percent to reach 672.06 points, although the gainers outnumbered losers by 13-9.

Losses from real estate giant,Vingroup (VIC) and milk producer, Vinamilk (VNM) dragged down the benchmark index on April 8, as they lost 2,000 VND (0.097 USD) and 1,000 VND (0.048 USD) per share respectively.

Other losers were PetroVietnam Low Pressure Gas Distribution (PGD), Hoa Phat Group (HPG), and Kinh Do Corporation (KDC).

Meanwhile, technology giant FPT Group (FPT), Masan Group (MSN), and PetroVietnam Drilling Corporation (PVD) posted gains on April 8.

Overall, 123 codes managed to advance on April 8, while 91 others lost values.

On April 8, the Tan Tao Group (ITA) continued to lead the bourse by trading value with 8.86 million shares changing hands.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index added 0.51 points, or as much as 0.58 percent, to end the day at 87.82 points, while the HNXFF-Index, composed of stocks with minimum free float rate of 5 percent, rose by 0.66 percent to close at 89.27 points.

With 73 million shares changing hands, the total trading value reached 896 billion VND (42 million USD).

Tracking the capital city's top 30 stocks, the HNX30-Index jumped 2.38 percent to end at 183.84 points.

According to FPT Securities, although several speculative stocks saw ample trading, but blue chip stocks remained the main target of investors. As a result, the market was largely dependent on the fluctuations in large-cap stocks. FPT Securities advised investors to remain cautious as the market gain lacked stability.-VNA