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(LEAD) Seoul stocks rebound on hopes of economic recovery

Stocks 16:35 June 18, 2021

(ATTN: ADDS bond yields at bottom, photo)

SEOUL, June 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korean stocks rebounded Friday as hopes for an economic recovery offset concerns over an earlier-than-expected tapering move by the U.S. Federal Reserve. The Korean won fell against the U.S. dollar.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) rose 2.97 points, or 0.09 percent, to close at 3,267.93 points.

Trading volume was moderate at about 1.6 billion shares worth some 17.1 trillion won (US$15.1 billion), with losers outnumbering gainers 464 to 382.

Foreigners sold a net 823 billion won, while retail investors bought 884 billion won. Institutions offloaded a net 61 billion won.

Electronic signboards at a Hana Bank dealing room in Seoul show the benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) closed at 3,267.93 on June 18, 2021, up 2.97 points, or 0.09 percent, from the previous session's close. (Yonhap)

The KOSPI snapped its five-session winning streak the previous day.

Stocks traded choppy in course toward the session's close but managed to finish higher.

On Wednesday (U.S. time), the U.S. Federal Reserve said its officials are already discussing policy rate hikes, adding to market concerns of early rate hikes.

"Expectations of economic normalization helped the KOSPI's gain," HI Investment & Securities analyst Park Sang-hyun said. "Individuals have been net buying local stocks on expectations of a corporate earnings hike in the second quarter."

In Seoul, market kingpin Samsung Electronics lost 0.49 percent to 80,500 won, and No. 2 chipmaker SK hynix retreated 1.58 percent to 124,500 won. Battery maker Samsung SDI jumped 3.69 percent to 674,000 won.

Internet portal operator Naver moved up 2.18 percent to 398,000 won, and its rival Kakao surged 4.73 percent to 155,000 won. Giant pharmaceutical firm Samsung Biologics increased 0.36 percent to 836,000 won.

Top automaker Hyundai Motor shed 0.63 percent to 235,000 won, and leading chemical firm LG Chem declined 1.56 percent to 822,000 won.

The local currency closed at 1,132.3 won against the U.S. dollar, down 1.9 won from the previous session's close.

Bond prices, which move inversely to yields, closed higher. The yield on three-year Treasurys lost 1.4 basis points to 1.313 percent, and the return on the benchmark five-year government bond fell 3.2 basis points to 1.678 percent.


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