HANOI, Jan 14 Vietnam's benchmark VN Index
edged up 0.35 percent at the break on Tuesday, boosted by
buying that lifted most blue chips and several property stocks.
Shares of steel manufacturer Hoa Phat rose 4.16
percent, while dairy product maker Vinamilk and
Hanoi-based lender Vietcombank each gained 0.73
Investors also bought small-cap stocks in the real estate
sector, said analyst Pham Van Khoa at Bao Viet Securities.
Sacom Development and Investment Corp advanced 4.6
percent, and property firm Tan Tao Investment and Industry Group
rose 1.56 percent.
The index might further rise this week before falling
slightly from early next week as investors have been gradually
shifting focus to penny stocks from blue chips, the main support
for the market's gains in recent days, Khoa said.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index at midday (0431
VN Index 522.92
PREV. CLOSE 521.11
% CHANGE 0.35%
Change (%) 1-mnth 2.974
Change (%) 3-mnth 5.375
Change (%) 1-year 12.626
52-week high 533.15 10-Jun-13
52-week low 440.48 23-Jan-13
(Reporting by Mai Nguyen)