Trading boomed on January 3 in Ho Chi Minh City , with transaction value reaching nearly 1.1 trillion VND (52.3 million USD).

The VN-Index gained 0.22 percent to 419.27 points as gainers almost doubled losers.
Trading value rose 34.6 percent over the previous day on a volume of 99.8 million shares.

The VN30 added a modest 0.11 percent to close at 491.34 points, with nearly half of leading shares losing ground.

There was good news though for insurer Bao Viet Holdings (BVH) and PetroVietnam Finance (PVF) that finished the session on the ceiling.

Others shares to make progress were PetroVietnam Drilling Services ( PVD ), Phu My Fertiliser (DPM), Vietcombank (VCB), Phu Nhuan Jewelry (PNJ) and Sacombank (STB), adding from 2-2.9 percent.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index shed 1.73 percent to finish at 58.09 points, halting a six-day rally.

More than 131.3 million shares changed hands valued at around 847.6 billion VND (40.3 million USD), a 40 percent increase from the previous day.-VNA