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Seoul shares up in late morning on foreign buying

All News 11:40 August 08, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korean stocks were up late Wednesday morning as foreign buyers scooped up large-cap shares.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) added 2.87 points, or 0.12 percent, to 2,303.03 as of 11:20 a.m.

Most large caps saw mixed trading, with market kingpin Samsung Electronics unchanged, and SK hynix, a major chipmaker, gaining 0.5 percent.

Samsung BioLogics, a leading biopharmaceutical firm and affiliate of Samsung Group, South Korea's largest family-run conglomerate stood pat as Celltrion moved up 0.55 percent.

The Korean won was trading at 1,119.7 won against the U.S. dollar, up 4.1 won from the previous session's close.

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