Poor day for blue chips felt on both markets.
All indexes fell on March 29, with the VN-Index down 7.44 points (1.29 per cent) and the VN30-Index 7.21 points (1.24 per cent) on HSX and the HNX-Index 0.64 points (0.8 per cent) and the HNX30-Index 2.42 points (1.68 per cent) on HNX.
The VN-Index closed at 568.28 points after suffering its largest fall since late January. It headed downwards right from the opening bell, to 573.85 points, before recovering to a peak of 575.94 point and them tumbling again.
HSX saw 75 shares increasing and 157 decreasing.
Blue chips dragged the market down, with 25 falling and only three increasing.
Compared to the morning session, VNM, CTG, BID and MSN lost one tick size in the afternoon and VCB and GAS seven tick sizes. Over the whole day GAS was down 3.8 per cent, MSN 2.7 per cent, VCB 1.87 per cent, CTG 1.78 per cent, BID 1.7 per cent, and VNM 0.7 per cent.
Liquidity was quite high in the afternoon as matching orders in both markets totaled VND1.55 trillion ($69.48 million), an increase of 21 per cent against the previous afternoon.
HSX saw some VND2 trillion ($89.66 million) changing hands via matching order over the course of the day and HNX VND480 billion ($21.51 million).
The two shares with the highest liquidity were SSI and VIC. SSI closed 2.31 per cent lower than its opening price with VND60 billion ($2.68 million) in shares sold out of liquidity of VND87 billion ($3.9 million). VIC increased 0.21 per cent, with some VND70 billion ($3.13 million) in shares changing hands.
Almost all banking shares closed lower on HSX and HNX. STB was down 1.94 per cent, VCB 1.87 per cent, CTG 1.78 per cent, BID 1.74 per cent, EIB 0.96 per cent, and MBB 0.68 per cent on HSX. On HNX NVB was down 1.67 per cent and ACB 0.54 per cent, while SHB closed at its opening price.
Finance shares also had a poor day with most losing 2 per cent or more. On HSX FIT was down 3.9 per cent, HCM 3.88 per cent, BSI 3.06 per cent, and SSI 2.31 per cent. On HNX MBS fell for the second day in a row, by 5.19 per cent, while SHS was down 1.43 per cent and VND 1.74 per cent, while KLS hit its floor after tumbling 9.89 per cent.
Foreign investors net sold on HSX by VND57 billion ($2.55 million) and on HNX by VND1 billion ($45,000).