The VN-Index continue to edge up, closing 0.8 percent higher at 472.93 points on April 28, thanks to food producer Masan Group (MSN) and insurer Bao Viet Holdings (BVH).

On the HCM Stock Exchange, 23.6 million shares worth 446.6 billion VND (21.3 million USD) were traded, down 21 and 28 percent in volume and value over on April 27's session.

Among the 10 largest capitalised stocks, MSN hit its ceiling in its sixth consecutive session and BVH added 2,500 VND in value, or 2.9 percent. Climbing bank blue chips were Eximbank (EIB) up 0.7 percent and Sacombank (STB) up 0.8 percent. Sacombank continued to be the most active code with 2 million shares changing hands.

Two other codes eased less than 1 percent, including real estate developer Vincom (VIC) and software giant FPT (FPT).

The rally in the HCM market was mainly due to good performances by large caps. Demand in mid and small-cap shares remained low.

In Hanoi , 276 of 382 codes fell or remained unchanged, pulling the HNX-Index down 0.6 percent to close at 83.27 points.

Only 87 percent of the previous day's volume was reached, with 23 million shares traded. Liquidity was also 17 percent lower at 309 billion VND (14.7 million USD).

Beverage producer Thai Hoa Group (THV) was the most active code in Hanoi , with 2.5 million shares changing hands, closing 1.9 percent higher in value. /.