Vietnam shares suffered another wave of broad-based selloffs on March 12 as investors across the globe dumped shares on risk-off mode after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic and the US imposed a Europe travel ban.
|The performance of the VN-Index on March 12. Source: Bloomberg|
The benchmark VN-Index of the Hochiminh Stock Exchange closed down 5.2% to 769.25, the lowest since August 23, 2017, off from its intraday low of 762.3.
Trade was robust with 339.23 million shares worth VND5.22 trillion (US$224 million) changed hands. At the close, 53 stocks gained, 26 stayed flat, and 344 lost, including 117 that touched floor prices.
The VN-30 Index, comprised of the 30 largest and most liquid tickers, also fell 5.14% to 719.21, with 29 constituents going south at the close.
| Source: SSI|
Sentiment went sour after the markets opened after the US stock market entered the bear territory on March 11. The WHO on March 11 tagged the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic for the first time since 2009.
Vietnam has confirmed the 39th case infected with SARS-CoV-2, which is also the fifth case in Hanoi.
Besides selling pressure from foreign players, margin call dampened further investor sentiment.
The VN-Index plunged 6.28% on March 9, the deepest fall in the last 19 years. Since that day, the gauge has lost 13.7%.
The positive signal during today’s trade was even the appearance of bottom-fishing demand that helped the VN-Index rebound from its intraday low.