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Seoul stocks end higher on foreign buying

All News 15:48 June 19, 2017

SEOUL, June 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korean stocks ended slightly higher Monday as foreigners turned net buyers. The Korean won rose against the U.S. dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) rose 9.07 points, or 0.38 percent, to close at 2,370.90. Trade volume was moderate at 288 million shares worth 5.35 trillion won (US$4.7 billion), with decliners outnumbering advancers 418 to 388.

Foreigners bought 124.19 billion won worth of stocks, turning net buyers after dumping 163 billion won worth of stocks in the previous session.

But institutions and individuals sold stocks valued at a combined 157.21 billion won, keeping the main index from rising further.

Most large caps advanced across the board.

Market bellwether Samsung Electronics rose 2.15 percent to 2,328,000 won. No. 2 chipmaker SK hynix jumped 3.80 percent to 62,800 won. Top carmaker Hyundai Motor climbed 1.21 percent to 167,000 won.

Utility and defensive stocks were among decliners, with state-run electricity provider Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) falling 3.11 percent to 42,050 won and cosmetics giant AmorePacific dropping 3.76 percent to 307,000 won.

The local currency closed at 1,132.7 won against the U.S. dollar, up 1.40 won from the previous session's close.

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