Investors at Rong Viet Securities Corporation in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: VNA) 
Hanoi, (VNA) – The benchmark VN-Index on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HOSE) picked up 10.41 points to reach 961.3 points on February 18, the first day of the week.

More than 194.6 million shares worth over 4.1 trillion VND (177.45 million USD) were traded during the session, with 174 codes advancing and 131 declining.

Meanwhile, the HNX-Index on the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) increased 0.72 points to 106.84 points, with more than 38.5 million shares exchanging hands at a total value of over 507 billion VND (21.92 million USD). There were 86 codes rising and 65 sliding.

The market was driven by large-value stocks such as GAS, VIC, VNM, VHM, with GAS gaining 3.4 percent to 97,200 VND (4.2 USD) per piece, VIC gaining 1.5 percent to 113,700 VND per piece and VNM rising 1.3 percent to 142.000 VND per piece.

Gains made by banking and oil and gas stocks also had a positive effect on the market.

Foreign investors continued to buy net during the day, with 2.7 million shares valued at 12 billion VND (518,900 USD) on the HoSE, and 38,330 shares worth 10.07 billion VND (462,600 USD) on the HNX.-VNA