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Vietnam’s Equity Movers: Mekophar Chemical, Ben Thanh Trading

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June 21 (Bloomberg) -- Shares of the following companies had unusual moves in Vietnam trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses and prices are as of the close in Ho Chi Minh City. The VN Index, the benchmark measure of the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, dropped 0.4 percent to 431.14.

Mekophar Chemical Pharmaceutical Joint-Stock Co. (MKP VN), a drugmaker, climbed 2 percent to 46,000 dong, the steepest advance since June 7. The company will pay its shareholders a dividend of 1,500 dong a share on July 23, it said in a statement on the exchange’s website.

Ben Thanh Trading & Service Joint-Stock Co. (BTT VN), which offers trading, financial and real-estate services, gained 0.5 percent to 20,600 dong. The stock rose as much as 2 percent earlier. The company’s pretax profit climbed 40 percent to 22 billion dong ($1 million) in the first five months of the year while revenue increased 6.4 percent to 136 billion dong, according to a statement filed on the bourse’s website.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Nguyen Kieu Giang in Hanoi at giang1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Darren Boey at dboey@bloomberg.net

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