HANOI, Feb 19 Vietnam's benchmark VN Index
inched up 0.15 percent at the break on Wednesday on
extended buying demand, with a high trading volume.
Petrovietnam Drilling and Well Services Company led
the gains, with shares climbing 3.92 percent, followed by food
producer Masan Group that advanced 0.54 percent.
Volume reached 99 million shares by midday, compared with a
five-day average level of 142 million shares, according to
Optimism over the macro economic outlook have boosted demand
from existing investors and attracted newcomers, said analyst
Nguyen Hoang Phuong at Ho Chi Minh City Securities.
Foreign investors extended purchasing, partly thanks to the
premium over the net assets value of the Market Vectors Vietnam
exchange-traded fund, which allowed it to raise money
for further investment in Vietnamese shares, Phuong added.
Here is a snapshot of the VN Index at the close (0801
VN Index 575.42
PREV. CLOSE 574.56
% CHANGE 0.15%
Change (%) 1-mnth 5.697
Change (%) 3-mnth 13.442
Change (%) 1-year 16.32
52-week high 576.18 14-Feb-14
52-week low 459.64 27-Feb-13