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SEOUL, March 31 The South Korean won
ended Friday at its lowest level in a week as the dollar rose on
stronger U.S. economic data and comments from Federal Reserve
officials, slightly pressuring the local currency.
However, shares were up 3.3 percent for the month, their
biggest monthly percentage gain in 13 months.
The won was quoted at 1,118.4 to the dollar at
the conclusion of onshore trade, down 0.1 percent compared to
Thursday's close of 1,117.2. It was the lowest closing level
since March 24.
The local currency strengthened both for the week and the
month. It rose 1.1 percent in March, a third straight month of
Shares ended weaker as selling by local investors offset
The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) closed
down 0.2 percent at 2,160.23 points.
Offshore investors bought a net 24.3 billion won ($21.73
million) worth of KOSPI shares, marking their fifth straight
Shares ended the week down 0.4 percent, but were up for the
month, marking a fourth straight month of gains.
(Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Vyas Mohan)