October 27, 2017 / 7:18 AM / a year ago

S.Korean stocks hit new highs on signs of thawing China ties

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SEOUL, Oct 27 (Reuters) - South Korean shares rallied to end at another all-time high on Friday, as signs of an improvement in ties between Beijing and Seoul helped to brighten market sentiment.

Market participants also reacted positively to the European Central Bank’s dovish stance from Thursday’s policy meeting, which fuelled global investors’ risk-on appetite.

The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) closed up 0.6 percent at 2,496.63 points, the highest close on record.

Hotel Lotte was told by Chinese tour company Ctrip that it is considering resuming sales of individual tours to South Korea on its website, Yonhap News Agency said, which pushed Lotte Tour Development shares up 30 percent, their daily stock trading limit.

Offshore investors purchased a net 95.6 billion won ($84.62 million) worth of KOSPI shares for the day.

The benchmark index marked its sixth positive week, gaining 0.3 percent this week.

Meanwhile, the South Korean won slumped as the ECB’s softer tone lent support to the greenback.

The won was quoted at 1,130.5 to the dollar at the conclusion of onshore trade, down 0.5 percent from Thursday’s close of 1,124.6.

The currency was barely changed for the week. (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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