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S. Korean shares down in late Tuesday morning

All News 11:25 February 07, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korean shares traded lower late Tuesday morning amid uncertainties about U.S. policies under President Donald Trump.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) shed 2.83 points, or 0.14 percent, to 2,074.83 as of 11:20 a.m.

Large caps traded mixed with market kingpin Samsung Electronics falling 1.21 percent, and global chipmaker SK hynix up 0.56 percent.

Automakers remained in positive terrain.

Top automaker Hyundai Motor rose 1.47 percent, and its smaller affiliate Kia Motors traded 1.53 percent higher.

Naver, the operator of the country's top Internet portal, also gained 1.28 percent.

The local currency was trading at 1,141.40 won against the U.S. dollar, down 3.5 won from the previous session's close.

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