October 20, 2017 / 6:56 AM / a year ago

S.Korean stocks at record high as cbank raises growth outlook, won edges up

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SEOUL, Oct 20 (Reuters) - South Korean shares rose to an all-time high on Friday after the Bank of Korea upgraded its economic outlook, boosting investor confidence.

The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) closed up 0.7 percent at 2,489.54 points, a record closing high.

For the week, the index rose 0.6 percent, marking its fifth straight weeks of gains.

Offshore investors bought a net 161.5 billion won ($142.81 million) worth of local equities on the day.

Shares of major tech firms were in hot demand, with Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix rising 1.6 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively.

Shares of Korea Electric Power Corp rose 0.6 percent after a government-organized committee recommended the resumption of construction on a nuclear power plant, which had been halted in June.

KEPCO Engineering & Construction lost 1.2 percent and KEPCO Plant Service rose 1.7 percent.

The South Korean won edged up, supported by foreign inflows into stocks.

The won was quoted at 1,131.0 to the dollar at the conclusion of onshore trade, up 0.1 percent from Thursday’s close of 1,132.4.

The currency shed 0.2 percent on a weekly basis.

Korea Treasury Bond futures fell 0.18 of a point after a 0.24 point drop on Thursday, as many traders believed BOK could raise rates sooner than expected.

The Bank of Korea kept policy unchanged on Thursday but raised its 2017 economic growth forecast to 3 percent from 2.8 percent, boosting expectations for an interest rate hike as soon as November.

Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Kim Coghill

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