Shares were going down on the two national stock exchanges on February 4's session, driven by declines of blue chips.

With 104 shares rising, 101 falling and 108 closing flat on the HCM Stock Exchange, the VN-Index lost 0.22 percent to finish at 482.38 points, while half of the top 30 shares lost value, driving the VN30 down a more substantial 0.71 percent to 562.077 points.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index also edged down 0.1 percent, closing at 62.93 points.
Trading was modest as just 50 million shares, worth more than 427 billion VND (20.4 million USD), changed hands.

Sai Gon-Hanoi Bank (SHB) was again the most heavily traded stock nationwide with almost 10 million shares exchanged. The shares climbed 2.8 percent to 7,300 VND each.

Foreign investors, who were largely responsible for the market uptrend last week, turned to be net sellers on the two markets on the day. They unloaded a combined 51.74 billion VND (2.5 million USSD) worth of shares on both exchanges.-VNA