VN-Index heading toward strong resistance level of 1,400 points: Expert

After struggling to find direction, the market hit a new record on the back of bank stocks in the last trading session. Analysts from securities firms said that this will be the driving force for the VN-Index to head toward 1,400 points.
VN-Index heading toward strong resistance level of 1,400 points: Expert ảnh 1 PetroVietnam Gas's Thi Vai LNG receiving terminal in Vung Tau Province. Photo
On the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE), the market benchmark VN-Index witnessed a choppy week of trading with up and down sessions. However, the index finished the week at a new peak of 1,390.12 points.
The HNX-Index on the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) also closed higher in the last session at 318.22 points.
For the week, both benchmarks increased with the VN-Index up 1.27 percent, while the HNX-Index gained 0.63 percent.
According to MB Securities Joint Stock Company (MBS), the positive signal in the last trading session of last week triggered a large cash inflow into the market, helping the gaining momentum to get stronger and the VN-Index close at a session high.
MBS believes that the market has entered a new rally wave with the return of the leading stocks including banks and securities stocks.
Technically, the new peak of the VN-Index with strong cash flow is a sign confirming the market's continuing uptrend. With the current rallies, the resistance level of 1,400 points can be conquered, MBS said.
Viet Dragon Securities Corporation (VDSC) also expects that the market benchmark will continue to increase in the near future, but the rally will be slow and cautious due to potential profit-taking pressure in the range of 1,400 - 1,420 points.
Similarly, analysts from SSI Securities Joint Stock Company (SSI) said that with the current situation, the VN-Index has the motivation to keep moving towards the target price level of 1,400 points. However, to break over this level convincingly, it needs to be strengthened from the increase in trading volume, SSI added.
Meanwhile, Saigon-Hanoi Securities JSC (SHS) said that even though the market rallied for the second consecutive week, but the gain slowed down compared to the week before. At the same time, the liquidity also recorded a second straight weekly decline, but still above the recent 20-week moving average, showing that the cash flow has not withdrawn from the market but only got caught in certain caution.
On the technical front, the strong resistance level of the VN-Index in this rising wave will be around 1,400 points. However, because the market liquidity declined, it showed that the buying demand was not really strong and the market could reverse at any time when the selling pressure increased.
Accordingly, the market is likely to move up to 1,400 points this week and fluctuate strongly around this threshold.
Last week, the market liquidity on both exchanges continued to decline compared to the week before with an average of about VND23.7 trillion (US$1.03 billion) per session on the two exchanges.
The trading value on HoSE dropped by 13.1 percent to nearly VND103.8 trillion, equivalent to a decrease of 11.4 percent in trading volume to over 3.4 billion shares, while the trading value on the HNX plunged 31.2 percent to VND14.85 trillion, equivalent to a trading volume of 645 million shares, down 25.8 percent.
The market rallied slightly amid strong division in pillar stocks. Utilities stocks gained the most, up 3.6 percent in market capitalisation, mainly boosted by rises of Petro Vietnam Gas JSC (PVGAS, GAS) up 5.7 percent, Pha Lai Thermal Power Joint Stock Company (PPC) up 4.4 percent, and Petro Vietnam Low Pressure Gas Distribution JSC (PGD) up 0.3 percent.
It was followed by bank stocks with an increase of 1.9 percent in market capitalisation. Bank stocks with outstanding performance were Vietinbank (CTG), up 5.1 percent, Asia Commercial Bank (ACB), up 3.9 percent, and Vietcombank (VCB) and MBBank (MBB) both gaining 3.8 percent.
Other sectors reporting big gains included gas and oil stocks and information technology stocks.
On the contrary, material stocks posted the biggest losses last week, down 1.4 percent in market capitalisation. The losses were contributed by Hoa Sen Group (HSG), down 6.5 percent, Hoa Phat Group (HPG), down 2.7 percent and Nam Kim Steel JSC (NKG), down 2.6 percent.
Meanwhile, foreign investors still fled from the market despite the new record high as they net sold more than 45 million shares, worth up to VND1.13 trillion.

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