Surge in newly opened securities accounts recorded in May

The number of newly opened securities accounts in Vietnam saw a substantial increase last month, reversing the previous decline in April, according to the Vietnam Securities Depository and Clearing Corporation.

An investor watches stock movements on her computer. (Photo: VNA)

In May, there was a notable increase in the number of new securities accounts opened by domestic investors in the country, with a total of 132,010 accounts opened.

Specifically, 131,839 accounts were opened by individual investors and 171 accounts were opened by institutional investors.

Although there was a strong recovery, the number of new securities accounts in May 2024 remained lower compared to the figure in March, which was 163,621 accounts.

Also in May, foreign investors opened 210 new accounts. Among them, 217 accounts were opened by individual investors, while institutional investors saw a decrease of seven accounts.

Last month, the market benchmark VN-Index increased by 5.9 percent, the HNX-Index rose by 8.9 percent and the UPCoM-Index grew by 7.2 percent month-on-month.

The rise in the VN-Index was mainly attributed to the strong net profit growth of listed companies in the first quarter. The market also benefited from bottom-fishing demand, following a significant decline in April.

The VN-Index has risen by 13 percent since the beginning of the year.

However, the market's recovery in May was accompanied by weak liquidity, indicating cautiousness due to factors like increasing exchange rate pressure and domestic interest rates.

The average trading value on all three exchanges decreased by 10.6 percent compared to the previous month but increased by 71.2 percent over last year, reaching VND23.1 trillion per session (US$908.6 million).

Of which, the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE)’s average trading value was VND20.2 trillion per session, while the Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX)’s was VND1.9 trillion per session, down 12.9 percent from April. And UPCoM's was VND1.1 trillion per session, a 53.9 percent increase over the previous month.

Experts attributed the strong increase in average trading value on the UPCoM exchange to positive developments relating to Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical Company Limited (BSR).

BSR has shown good growth prospects, with increased cash flow and improved business production.

Notably, the company approved an expansion project for the Dung Quat refinery, aiming to increase crude oil processing capacity to 171,000 barrels per day by 2028. It plans to enter the petrochemical sector in the future.

On the stock market, BSR intends to transfer 3.1 billion shares from UPCoM to HoSE.

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