Shares up before holiday break hinh anh 1An investor studies stock movements at Tan Viet Securities Company (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi, (VNA) - Shares advanced for a second session in the two local markets on April 28, the final day before the four-day national holiday.

The benchmark VN Index on the HCM Stock Exchange edged up 0.17 percent to close at 717.73 points. The key stock index gained total 1.4 percent in the last three sessions.

The smaller HNX Index on the Hanoi Stock Exchange added 0.25 percent to finish at 89.54 points. The northern market index made up a three-day rally of 1.9 percent.

The day’s gains also helped the two local indices end the week from April 24-28 higher than the previous week. The VN Index was up 0.7 percent after one week and the HNX Index rose 0.8 percent.

More than 243.8 million shares worth 4.98 trillion VND (221.2 million USD) were traded on both local bourses.

Shares in eleven of the 20 sectors in the stock market increased, including banks, food and beverage producers, construction firms and property developers.

Worst performing industries on April 28 included energy producers, securities companies and rubber producers.

The current market conditions suggested that the VN Index would not increase strongly in the coming sessions and the benchmark would face a strong test when it approaches the level of 720 points, Sai Gon-Hanoi Securities (SHS) said.

The stock market will be off on May 1 and 2 for the national holiday. Trading will resume on May 3.-VNA