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Seoul shares up 0.32 pct in late morning trade

2016/01/12 11:31

SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korean shares traded 0.32 percent higher late Tuesday morning, led by gains in techs and automakers.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) added 6.06 points to 1,900.90 as of 11:20 a.m.

Market heavyweights traded mixed.

Top market cap Samsung Electronics gained 0.52 percent, while top portal operator Naver surged 2.71 percent.

Top automaker Hyundai Motor lost 0.36 percent after opening in positive terrain, but its smaller affiliate Kia Motors edged up 0.1 percent.

The local currency was trading at 1,206.25 won against the U.S. dollar as of 11:20 a.m., up 3.55 won from the previous session's close. The won rebounded slightly after dipping to below 1,210 won against the dollar for the first time since July 22, 2010.

bdk@yna.co.kr

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