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S.Korea stocks up but capped by incidents in Berlin, Ankara; won weaker
December 20, 2016 / 2:28 AM / a year ago

S.Korea stocks up but capped by incidents in Berlin, Ankara; won weaker

* Kospi capped, but exports performance may boost -analyst
    * Won down for five straight sessions

    SEOUL, Dec 20 (Reuters) - South Korean shares edged up early
on Tuesday on Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's optimistic
comments over the U.S. job market, but gains were capped by
deadly incidents in Germany and Turkey.
    A truck ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in central
Berlin on Monday evening, killing 12 people and injuring 48
others while the Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot dead as
he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery.
    The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) was up
0.2 percent at 2,042.70 points as of 0216 GMT.
    "The KOSPI may strengthen a bit more if some improvements
are seen in exports data for December," said Cho Byung-hyun, a
stock analyst at Yuanta Securities.
    South Korea's trade minister Joo Hyung-hwan said on Monday
he sees exports rising more than 2 percent in 2017, and are
expected to post their first quarterly rise in two years in the
October-December period. 
    Offshore investors were set to be net buyers, purchasing
19.1 billion Korean won ($16.03 million) worth of KOSPI shares
near mid-session.
    Market heavyweight Samsung Electronics Co Ltd 
rose more than 1 percent, touching a record high of 1,818,000
won ahead of its dividend payment, which will be on December 28.
Web portal Naver Corp lost 1.5 percent. 
    Decliners slightly outnumbered advancers by 391 to 374. 
    The South Korean won was set to mark its fifth
straight losing session on the dollar's continuing gains.
    The won stood at 1.191.7, down 0.4 percent
compared with Monday's close of 1,186.9.
    December futures on three-year treasury bonds gained
0.09 point to 109.51. 
                       0216 GMT    Prev close
 Dollar/won             1,191.7       1,186.9
 Yen/won             10.1621/98       10.1340
 *KTB futures            109.51        109.42
 KOSPI                 2,042.70      2,038.39
 * Front-month futures on three-year treasury bonds

 (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editingt by Eric Meijer)

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