VN Index falls for third session hinh anh 1Shares sank again on the HCM Stock Exchange on October 3 as large-cap stocks were hit by low investor optimism (Photo:

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - Shares sank again on the HCM Stock Exchange on October 3 as large-cap stocks were hit by low investor optimism.

The benchmark VN Index on the southern market fell 0.53 percent to close at 798.00 points, recovering slightly from the intraday low of 795.05 points.

Vietnam’s benchmark index has lost a total of 0.84 percent after the last three sessions, sinking below the supportive level of 800 points.

Strong investor selling pressure helped push the market trading liquidity up sharply from the previous session.

More than 162.2 million shares were traded on the southern bourse, worth 3.28 trillion VND (146 million USD).

October 3’s trading figures were up 35.7 percent in volume and 18 percent in value compared to the previous session.

On the southern market, losing stocks outnumbered gaining ones by a roughly 2:1 ratio, proving that market trading conditions were quite poor.

Large-cap stocks traded poorly as 23 of the 30 largest stocks, in terms of market capitalisation and trading liquidity in the VN30 Index, declined while only five others ended higher.

Declining stocks in the VN30 Index dropped between 3.7 percent and 0.1 percent, with shares of Thanh Thanh Cong Tay Ninh Sugar Co (SBT), PetroVietnam Drilling and Well Services (PVD) and Kinh Bac City Development Holding Corp (KBC) coming in as the three worst-performing stocks.

According to the Hanoi-based brokerage Bao Viet Securities Co (BVSC), October 3’s fall signaled the stock market could keep declining in the coming sessions.

Investors became pessimistic about the current market trading conditions and they worried the VN Index might suffer a strong downward trend in the short term, BVSC said in its daily report.

Poor investor confidence was the major factor that pushed market trading liquidity higher and increased the number of declining stocks on the market, it added.

However, investors’ bottom-fishing instincts showed when the benchmark index touched the level of 795 points during the Tuesday session. That investor behavior could lift the VN Index in the next one or two sessions, BVSC said.

“In the worst scenario, the VN Index would retreat to the short-term supportive range of 785-790 points and we expect the benchmark to rebound when it hits that range,” the report said.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX Index dipped 0.91 percent to end at 106.53 points. More than 52 million shares were traded on the northern market, worth 581.4 billion VND.-VNA