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SEOUL, Aug 18 (Reuters) - The South Korean won slumped on Friday and Seoul stocks edged lower despite paring some intraday losses, as risk-aversion gripped global markets anxious about U.S. President Donald Trump’s ability to push through his economic policies.
The won was quoted at 1,141.3 to the dollar at the conclusion of onshore trade, down 0.4 percent compared to Thursday’s close of 1,137.2.
South Korean shares pared some of their losses as some investors picked up bargains with the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) closing down 0.1 percent at 2,358.37 points.
Foreign investors turned net buyers later in the session, purchasing a net 6.7 billion won ($5.87 million) worth of local equities.
Both the won and shares ended the week up, recovering from last week’s huge falls.
The currency snapped three consecutive weeks of losses to book a 0.2 percent gain while the KOSPI jumped 1.7 percent, its biggest weekly gain since late May. (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)