Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Today's Major Market Move: Vietnamese Stock Market Drops 4.7% in Tuesday's Session

The top declining benchmark equity index in Tuesday's session was Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh Stock Index which fell 4.7% on the day. It was by far the worst performer with the Mongolian stock market coming in second-to-last with a 1.5% decline. Here's the bottom ten performing benchmark equity indexes for the day:

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After a strong beginning to 2012, Vietnamese equities have struggled going into the second half of the year. They've gone from being up close to 40% since January to now only being up a little over 15%.

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This recent downturn was sparked by the arrest of one of Vietnam's wealthiest banking tycoons. Here are some details courtesy of bernama.com and Xinhua news agency:
Xinhua news agency reports the 48-year-old cofounder of Asia Commercial Bank (ACB), one of Vietnam's biggest lenders, was taken into custody on Monday after police raided his residence in capital Hanoi and seized documents.

Information about Kien's arrest caused the country's stock market to tumble and sparked concerns about the operations of several local banks, where he reportedly held shares including ACB, where he once served as vice chairman of the board.

On Tuesday, right after local media reported of the arrest, both Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange (HOSE) and Hanoi Stock Exchange (HNX) saw their Vn-Index and HNX-Index tumble 5 percent on average.

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