Investor excitement lifts VN-Index over 1,500 points in New Year’s first session

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Vinmart supermarket in Vincom Metropolis shopping centre in Hà Nội. Vincom Retail’s shares increased 3.5 per cent yesterday. — VNS Photo Mai Hương

HÀ NỘI — Markets opened the New Year’s first trading day on a positive note amid investors’ excitement, betting on the bright prospects for Việt Nam’s economy in 2022.

On the Hồ Chí Minh Stock Exchange, the VN-Index made up for last year’s regret by surpassing the threshold of 1,500 points on Tuesday, ending the trade at 1,525,58 points.

Liquidity also rose with more than 891 million shares worth VNĐ28.6 trillion (US$1.24 billion) traded, up 2 per cent in volume and 10 per cent in value compared to last Friday’s levels.

Small- and mid-cap shares extended gains from last year with many hitting the ceiling prices such as Development Investment Construction (DIG), Gelex Group (GEX), Hồ Chí Minh City Infrastructure Development (CII), Hòa Bình Construction Group (HBC) and LDG Investment (LDG).

However, large caps were still the main market’s growing engine on Tuesday. Growth of the trio shares – Vingroup (VIC), Vinhomes (VHM) and Vincom Retail (VRE) – contributed 10 points or more than one-third of the market’s gain. VIC jumped 6.2 per cent while VHM and VRE each increased nearly 4 per cent.

Other big gainers included PV Gas (GAS), brewer Sabeco (SAB), Vietinbank (CTG), Techcombank (TCB) and Vietnam Rubber Group (GVR), each rising between 1.7 per cent and 5.9 per cent.

According to market insiders, the short-term trend is positive. In January, the market is expected to receive supportive information including the fourth-quarter business results of listed companies and the Government’s decision on the economic stimulus package.

Some optimistic analysts predict the VN-Index may rise to 1,600 points in the first quarter of 2022.

“I think the market is in a favourable condition to surpass the historical peak in the first week of the New Year when receiving a lot of supportive information, notably four important contents of the 15th National Assembly’s first extraordinary session opening on January 4 and information from the fourth quarter and 2020 business results,” said Ngô Quốc Hưng, senior analysts at MB Securities JSC.

“This is the time when the market faces the least barriers as negative factors in 2021 or the Omicron variant has been absorbed by the market,” Hưng added.

Assessing the role of stock groups, experts predict blue-chips will have a better chance, after a long period of accumulation and growth far behind small- and mid-cap stocks.

“There is a gradual shift of smart money flow from the group of excessively bullish speculators without fundamental factors to good stocks with sound indicators including blue-chips. It is quite possible that blue-chips will return to their glory days and help the VN-Index conquer new highs,” said Nguyễn Việt Quang, director of Yuanta Securities Vietnam Co’s Hà Nội branch. — VNS

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