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Foreigners remained sellers of S. Korean stocks for 3rd month in July

All News 12:00 August 12, 2021

SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Yonhap) -- Foreign investors remained net sellers of South Korean stocks for the third straight month in July as they locked in profits amid a bull run in the stock market, central bank data showed Thursday.

Foreigners sold a net US$3.06 billion last month, compared with net selling of $440 million the previous month, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK).

The BOK said a net outflow of stock funds grew in July from May as the spread of the delta variant weighed on a global economic recovery.

Offshore investors, however, were net buyers of Korean bonds worth $5.57 billion in July.

Meanwhile, volatility in South Korea's currency rose in July from the previous month, the BOK said.

The daily fluctuation of the dollar-won exchange rate came to an average of 4.3 won last month, up from 3.5 won a month earlier.

Situations for the country's foreign currency borrowing remained sound as the spread charged on local banks' short-term overseas borrowing stayed low.

The spread on credit default swaps for South Korea's five-year dollar-denominated currency stabilization bonds came in at 18 basis points in June, unchanged from a month ago.

Foreigners remained sellers of S. Korean stocks for 3rd month in July - 1

kdh@yna.co.kr
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