Shares closed at 503.76 points by the end of July 19 with the benchmark VN-Index gaining nearly 7 points, or 1.39 percent.

Blue chips continued to climb, supporting the Ho Chi Minh City market.

Pillars of the market, including Vinamilk (VNM), Masan Group (MSN) and Bao Viet Holdings (BVH), all climbed around 3 percent, lifting the VN30 tracking the top 30 shares by market capitalisation and liquidity up 1.07 percent to 556.56.

Total trading value decreased from the previous session, from 1.33 trillion VND on July 18 to over 1.25 trillion VND (59.7 million USD). Trading in the VN30 shares still made up 73 percent of the total market value at 912.3 billion VND (43.4 million USD).

Property developer VinGroup (VIC), the most active code on total trades of 3.4 million shares, climbed 0.8 percent to close at 64,000 VND a share (3.05 USD). VinGroup plans to buy back about 46.4 million shares of the company in July.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index also closed up 0.3 percent at 63.16 points, but the trading remained sluggish with the total value reaching just 194 billion VND (9.4 million USD).

The market condition was neutral with 95 shares rising, 84 decreasing and 206 closing flat.

FLC Group (FLC) was the most active share with a total of 4.87 million shares changing hands at 5,400 VND each.

Foreign investors returned as net buyers on the HCM City exchange, picking up 51.4 billion VND (2.4 million USD). They were also responsible for a net buy of nearly 10 billion VND (476,000 USD) on the Hanoi bourse.-VNA