Vietnam index up 0.2 pct at midday

Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:14am EDT

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April 29 (Reuters) - Vietnam's benchmark VN Index 
edged up 0.2 percent by midday on Tuesday in low liquidity, led
by gains in banking stocks and some blue chips.
    Sacombank rose 1 percent, Eximbank gained
0.76 percent and Vietcombank rose 0.7 percent. 
Petrovietnam Gas, the biggest firm by capitalisation,
was up 1 percent.
    Food processor Masan group recovered from a 3.1
percent fall the previous day to finish up 0.53 percent. Most
energy and real estate firms fell in the morning session,
including Vingroup and HAGL.
    Here is a snapshot of the VN Index at 0431 GMT.
           VN Index    574.15              
        PREV. CLOSE     573.1              
           % CHANGE     0.18%              
               HIGH    575.45              
                LOW    570.64              
  Change (%) 1-mnth    -3.566              
  Change (%) 3-mnth     2.979              
  Change (%) 1-year    20.777              
       52-week high    609.46     25-Mar-14
       52-week low     462.13     30-Aug-13
 (Reporting by Martin Petty in Bangkok; Editing by Anand Basu)