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Vietnam’s stocks expected to rise in Year of the Rooster

Feb 02. 2017
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VIETNAMESE shares were expected to increase on both of the country’s exchanges yesterday, the first trading session of the new lunar year, approaching a fresh nine-year high, according to securities firms.

The benchmark VN Index climbed 0.9 per cent to reach a|new nine-year high of 697.28 points on January 25, extending its rally |of a total of 2.2 per cent to a |fourth day.

The HNX Index on the Hanoi Stock Exchange also rose 0.9 per cent the same day to finish at 84.46 points, lifting its gain of a total of 1.7 per cent for a second day.

In the three trading days before the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, market trading liquidity declined compared with the previous trading week.

Some 117 million shares on average were exchanged in the three sessions, posting a weekly decline of 3.2 per cent. Average trading value in the three trading days was 2.21 trillion dong (Bt3.42 billion), 11 per cent lower than the previous week’s figure.

Sai Gon-Hanoi Securities Co (SHS) said in a note that the stock market was expected to make gains in the first two sessions of the new lunar year, with low market trading liquidity.

The VN Index is heading to test the level of 700 points and the risk of correction is increasing. In that case, the nearest support level for the benchmark could be 689 points, SHS said.

Investors with a taste for medium- and long-term investment can look for opportunities to buy shares of companies that are expected to perform well in 2017, the Hanoi-based brokerage firm noted.

Bao Viet Securities Co (BVSC) agreed that market trading would improve after the Tet holiday, since money will return and help increase market trading liquidity.

Investors may purchase stocks that are currently attractive and are forecast to report positive earnings for 2016, BVSC said.

Of the companies that are expected to report good 2016 earnings and perform better in 2017, pharmaceutical firms and steelmakers are the noteworthy targets after those two industries witnessed good growth in 2016.

In addition, investor confidence could be bolstered as foreign investors returned as net buyers in January, making a net-buy value of nearly 702 billion dong through the month.

According to the financial-economic news site vietstock.vn, investors with short-term trading interest could lock in their profits on Thursday, February2, the first trading session of the Rooster year if the VN Index is able to stay above the range of 680-690 points, it could approach 720 points. In that case, the support range for the benchmark index will be between 675 and 680 points.

The HNX Index will likely maintain its upward trend and head to its former high of 88-90 points, wherein the support level for the northern market index will be 82.5 points. 


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