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SEOUL Dec 29 South Korean shares ended
marginally firmer on Thursday as foreign investors turned to net
buyers, capping the best yearly performance in four years.
The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) closed
up 0.1 percent at 2,026.46 points in the country's last trading
day of the year.
The index gained 3.3 percent in 2016, its best performance
Offshore investor bought a net 128.8 billion won ($106.72
million) worth of KOSPI shares.
The South Korean won nudged up for the day and
was quoted at 1,207.7 to the dollar at the conclusion of onshore
trade, up 0.2 percent compared to Wednesday's close of 1,210.5.
Facing a strong dollar, the currency depreciated 2.9 percent
in 2016, its third consecutive year of declines.
South Korean markets will be closed on Friday for a national
holiday and reopen at 0100 GMT, an hour later than usual, on
Jan. 2, 2017.
(Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Kim Coghill)