Vietnam stocks expected to correct this week

Vietnam’s benchmark VN Index has extended its growth for a fourth straight week, though recent market trading conditions suggest the benchmark index could struggle with rising selling pressures this week.
Vietnam stocks expected to correct this week ảnh 1Investors monitor the market at the ACBS Securities office in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Vietnam’s benchmark VNIndex has extended its growth for a fourth straight week, though recent market trading conditions suggest the benchmark index could struggle with rising selling pressures this week.

The benchmark VN Index on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange ended last week at 1,050.11 points, posting a weekly gain of 3.7 percent.

The minor HNX Index on the Hanoi Stock Exchange finished January 12 at 120.76 points and recorded a weekly growth of 1.5 percent.

The benchmark index has increased by 6.7 percent since the beginning of the year, and 12.3 percent since mid-September, while the northern market index has risen 3.3 percent and 8.2 percent during the same period.

An average of more than 405.6 million shares, valued at 9.27 trillion VND  (412.2 million USD), were traded on the two local exchanges in each session last week.

Also, market trading liquidity reached a record high on Friday, in terms of trading value, as 11.9 trillion VND worth of shares were traded on both local exchanges.

The market growth was also supported by the net foreign investment, which reached 2.56 trillion VND on the two markets.

The market sentiment was mainly dominated by investors’ expectations for businesses to deliver positive earnings reports for their performances in the fourth quarter of 2017, as well as the entire year.

Such expectations boosted stocks in the financial-banking, energy, food and beverage, retail and property development industries, as investors had priced in those companies until they officially released all earnings reports.

Leading businesses in those sectors saw share prices increase last week, including Vietcombank (VCB), property firm Vingroup (VIC), insurer Bao Viet Holdings (BVH) and PetroVietnam Gas Corporation (GAS).

VCB gained 7.4 percent after five trading sessions, VIC was up 6.7 percent, BVH rose 4.5 percent and GAS advanced 2.8 percent.

However, market volatility increased in the last two sessions, in which the VN Index encountered strong selling pressure when it reached the level of 1,055 points.

Tran Duc Anh, an analyst at Bao Viet Securities Company, told that selling pressures were quite heavy last week, as seen by a record-high trading liquidity and a mixed performance among all stocks.

Though the VN Index was able to increase over five straight sessions, the main source of strength came from large-cap stocks, such as banks and energy firms, which was not a good signal for the market, he said.

“As the VN Index is quite volatile at the moment, I am not too surprised that the index would decline to the 1,000 point level in the next one or two weeks,” Anh said.

Chau Thien Truc Quynh, head of the brokerage division at Viet Capital Securities Company, told that both stock indices were showing signs of weakening and becoming more vulnerable.

The benchmark VN Index this week will drop to test the level of 1,040 points, after struggling and suffering from a technical correction, she said.

Sharing a similar market outlook, brokerage firms also forecast that the benchmark index would either decline or move narrowly on high profit-taking pressures.

Bao Viet Securities Company said in its weekly report that investors began to trade more cautiously, as the market was more exposed to short-term risks, thus, increasing their profit-taking.

The company predicted that the benchmark VN Index could move between 1,055 and 1,060 points this week, while Sai Gon-Hanoi Securities Company expected the index would move narrowly, around the range of 1,040-1,060 points.-VNA

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