October 10, 2017 / 1:47 AM / a year ago

South Korea tech shares start post-holiday trade with surge on earnings hopes

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean tech shares led by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd soared early on Tuesday, catching up with gains made by global stock markets after a break of more than a week, and as strength in chip prices bolstered investor hopes for earnings.

FILE PHOTO - An advertisement board for Samsung's solid state drives are pictured at Tokyo Game Show 2017 in Chiba, east of Tokyo, Japan, September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

“Global stock markets marked strong gains while Seoul markets were off for a long holiday break, and the price of semiconductors continued to rally,” said Lee Seung-woo, a stock analyst at Eugene Investment & Securities.

Shares in Samsung jumped 4.3 percent, with expectations high that the world’s top memory chipmaker will flag record profit when it announces its earnings estimates for July-September quarter on Friday.

The tech giant is expected to report 14.3 trillion won (£9.5 billion) in third-quarter operating profit, up from a record 14.1 trillion won it posted in the previous quarter, according to the average of 19 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

“Their fourth-quarter earnings are highly likely to be even better, meaning that the shares will continue their upward trend,” Lee said.

Shares in smaller rival SK Hynix Inc jumped as much as 7.8 percent to an all-time high of 89,400 won, while battery maker Samsung SDI gained 7.8 percent.

Gains in tech shares helped the Seoul’s main stock index rise 1.9 percent.

Reporting by Dahee Kim and Joyce Lee; Editing by Sam Holmes and Edwina Gibbs

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