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Hanoi (VNA) - The benchmark VN-Index on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HOSE) dropped 16.9 points to settle at 961.37 points on August 15, with over 188.9 million shares changed hands at a value of over 4.45 trillion VND (191.3 million USD).

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX), the HNX-Index was also down, losing 1.77 points to 108.02 points.

In the VN30 basket, measuring the 30 largest stocks by market capitalisation on the HOSE, CTD, DHG, MSN, PLX, ROS, VIC, VJC and VRE experienced decreases ranging from 1.4 percent to 4.3 percent.

Red colour covered bank stocks with seven codes – ACB, BID, HDB, MBB, TCB, VCB and VPB having their prices down.

On the day, oil and gas stocks like PVC, PVD, PVS, TDG, GAS and PVB also experienced declines.

Shares of financial services saw deep falls, with HCM, down 3.9 percent; MBS, 2.4 percent; SHS, 4.6 percent; SSI, 3.2 percent; and VND, 4.5 percent.

Foreign investors posted a net buy value of over 32 billion VND (1.37 million USD) with 956,520 shares  on the HOSE. Meanwhile, on the HNX, they turned into net sellers of 79,240 stocks worth 1.76 billion VND (75,680 USD).-VNA