Shares gained on Nov. 22 on both of the nation’s stock exchanges, halting a long period of declines.

On the HCM Stock Exchange, the VN-Index added 0.7 percent to close at 381.76 points. The value of trades improved by 45.2 percent over Nov. 21’s level, reaching a total of 474.5 billion VND (22.3 million USD), as market volume rose by 52.4 percent to 32.3 million shares.

Advancers outnumbered decliners by 126-88, with blue chips leading the charge. Insurer Bao Viet Holdings (BVH) hit its ceiling price of 59,500 VND (2.80 USD) per share, supported by a gross profit of over 1 trillion VND (47 million USD) in the first nine months of the year – a 2.3 percent increase over the same period last year. The company’s total assets as of September 30 reached 45.26 trillion VND (2.1 billion USD), a rise of 6.2 percent.

Most large-cap shares on Nov. 22 managed gains of around 0.6-3.2 percent, with food processor. Masan (MSN) retreating by 0.9 percent. Sacombank (STB) was the most-active share with nearly 3.1 million traded.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index advanced by a mere 0.1 percent, closing essentially unchanged at 61.74 points. The value of trades jumped 33.7 percent to 217.5 billion VND (10.2 million USD) on a volume of 23.2 million shares. However, losers outnumbered gainers by 133-78.

Foreign investors were net buyers on both exchanges by a combined margin of 46.8 billion VND (2.2 million USD), favouring shares of solf ware giant FPT and real estate developer Cotec (CLG) in HCM City and Kim Long Securities Co (KLS) on the northern exchange./.