Stocks on the HCM Stock Exchange finally succeeded in holding gains after a topsy-turvy session on Dec. 4 which saw the VN-Index close at 382.10 points, an increase of 0.75 percent over the previous session.

Trading value rose 17.8 percent to 382.3 billion VND (18.2 million USD) as around 29.9 million shares changed hands.

Among nearly 140 advancers on the southern bourse, 14 were large-caps tracked by the VN30 Index. The VN30 rose by 0.5 percent to conclude the session at 448.02 points. However, major stocks like Vietinbank (CTG), Phu My Fertilisers (DPM), PetroVietnam Drilling Services (PVD), property developer Vingroup (VIC) and Vinh Son-Song Hinh Hydropower (VSH) closed down between 0.7-1.6 percent.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index added 0.88 percent, reaching 51.49 points. The value of trades soared by 73 percent to 147.5 billion VND (7 million USD) on a volume of 26.8 million shares.
The HNX30, representing the Hanoi exchange's top stocks, also improved by 1.77 percent to close at 94.01 points.

Foreign investors were buyers in HCM City during the day by a margin of 24.6 billion VND (1.1 million USD) but ended the day as sellers in Hanoi by 3.5 billion VND (166,600 USD).-VNA