Positive trading helped local stocks gain points for the third day on Jan. 13, with VN-Index of HCM Stock Exchange inching up 1.19 percent to 484.12 points.

About 181 of 283 listed securities gained ground, with Hamico Mineral Co (KSH) rising the most, 1,800 VND; followed by Construction Co No 5 (SC5), up 1,700 VND; Sao Vang Rubber (SRC), up 1,500 VND; House Vietnam Co (NVN) and property trader Duc Long Gia Lai (DLG), each up 1,300VND .

Saigon Securities Inc (SSI) – posting an increase of 1.36 percent in value – claimed as the most active stock with 1.7 million shares.

Trading volume was halved in Jan. 13 's session, dropping to about 29 million shares, totalling 744.1 billion VND (35.4 million USD).

On the Hanoi market, HNX-Index added 1.05 percent to 107.42 points.

Volume remained low at 21.1 million shares worth a total of 384.8 billion VND (18.3 million USD). Kim Long Securities (KLS) was the most active with 2.2 million shares.

Foreign investors were net buyers on Jan. 13, picking up 2.8 million shares from both stock exchanges./.