SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korean stocks traded 0.14 percent higher late Tuesday morning led by gains from tech and retail shares.
The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) gained 3.0 points to 2,183.73 as of 11:20 a.m.
Tech giant Samsung Electronics, the largest share in the South Korean stock market, rose 1.78 percent and No. 2 SK hynix increased 1.89 percent.
Retailers were also strong, with Lotte Shopping moving up 0.52 percent and Shinsegae climbing 0.80 percent.
But top oil refinery firm SK Innovation fell 1.62 percent and No. 3 S-Oil declined 1.45 percent.
The local currency was changing hands at 1,124.55 won against the U.S. dollar, up 0.15 won from the previous session's close.
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