Shares were mixed on the country's two stock exchanges on July 15 as investors waited for a string of corporate earnings reports.

On the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, those falling outnumbered those climbing by 108-82 but the VN-Index still closed in the black, edging up by just 0.02 percent to end at 494.10 points.

Blue chips slowed down in the afternoon, but some kept performing well after overseas investors made a series of purchases including steelmakers Hoa Sen (HSG) and Hoa Phat Group's (HPG), property developer Hoang Anh Gia Lai Corp (HAG) and insurer Bao Viet Holdings (BVH), up from 1.6 percent to 3.5 percent.

HAG was also the most active share on July 15, with 3 million shares changing hands for 21,900 VND (1.05 USD) a share.

The VN30 tracking the top 30 shares, by market capitalisation and liquidity, rose fractionally by 0.06 percent to finish at 548.60 points.

The market's total value was down by 20 percent from the previous session to 953 billion VND (45.4 million USD) with 43.5 million shares traded. However, trading in the top 30 shares accounted for 67 percent of the market's total value.

The HCM City exchange announced that shares in the Phu Nhuan Jewellery Company (PNJ) and the Development Investment Construction Corp (DIG) will be removed from the VN30 basket starting July 22 and that the PetroVietnam General Services Corp (PET) and Pha Lai Thermal Power Co (PPC) will be added in their place.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index slid back by 0.14 percent to close the session at 63.03 points, but the value of most trades remained modest at just 148 billion VND (7 million USD).

Property developer Sacomreal (SCR) continued to be the most active code in the afternoon, with nearly 3.2 million shares changing hands for 7,300 VND each.

Foreign investors were busy on July 15 as buyers on both stock exchanges. They picked up shares worth a total of 39 billion VND (1.9 million USD).-VNA