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Seoul stocks start higher on Wall Street gains

All News 09:18 February 10, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korean shares opened higher Friday, bolstered by overnight gains on Wall Street.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) rose 12.43 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,078.31 in the first 15 minutes of trading.

Most large caps traded in positive terrain with market kingpin Samsung Electronics rising 0.26 percent.

Top automaker Hyundai Motor gained 0.36 percent, and top steelmaker POSCO climbed 0.92 percent.

Naver, the operator of the country's top Internet portal, rose 0.51 percent.

The local currency was trading at 1,153.90 won against the U.S. dollar, down 8.1 won from the previous session's close.

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