Stocks climbed for the second day on both exchanges on December 23, but growth slowed towards the end of the session due to fear of a bull-trap.

On the Hochiminh Stock Exchange, the benchmark VN-Index inched up just 0.06 percent to close at 537.88 points.

Blue chips were again the market momentum as many large-cap stocks gained value, including Bao Viet Holdings (BVH), Masan Group (MSN), Sacombank (STB) and Vietcombank (VCB).

The VN30, which tracks the top 30 shares by market value and liquidity, rose 0.35 percent to end at 589.61 points.

According to many analysts, investors were cautious as the government planned to announce economic data forecasts within the next few days.

The market condition was negative with losers outnumbering gainers by 123-80. Liquidity jumped, however, with over 110 million shares worth 3.462 trillion VND (161.8 million USD) traded, up 10 percent in volume and 50 percent in value compared with the previous day's levels.

Financial Ocean Group (OGC) concluded the session as the most active code on trades of 10.6 million shares, but the share price declined 6.5 percent to end at 7,200 VND.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index closed up 0.16 percent at 82.42 points on modest turnover of 418.4 billion VND (19.6 million USD). Liquidity also improved as both market volume and value climbed 20 percent over the previous session, totaling 50 million shares worth 685.3 billion VND (32 million USD).

KLF Joint Venture Global Investment Co (KLF) was again the most heavily-traded stock with 11.3 million shares traded, but the price plummeted 5.93 percent to 11,100 VND.

Foreign investors remained net buyers in both markets, responsible for a combined net sell value of 104 billion VND (4.9 million USD) worth of shares.-VNA