S.Korea-Market Factors to watch Jan 3

Mon Jan 2, 2012 6:16pm EST

SEOUL, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Following is a list of events
in South Korea as well as news stories and press reports which
may influence financial markets.  	
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TOP STORIES  	
>Hyundai, Kia see slower sales growth in 2012       	
>S.Korea Lee calls on North to end nuclear activity 	
>S.Korea manufacturing shrinks most in 3 yrs        	
>Hyundai Heavy targets 20 pct order growth in 2012  	
>South Korea's Lee: world in new era of low growth  	
 	
  MARKET SNAPSHOTS      	
*U.S. stocks fell on Friday, the last trading day of a turbulent
year, with the broad S&P 500 index on track to end 2011 barely
changed from 2010's closing level.        	
*Oil prices ended 2011 up 13 percent as a fresh wave of supply
concerns capped a year of unrest and disruptions in North Africa
and the Middle East that overwhelmed concerns about the economic
health of large consuming nations. 	
*Better than oil, gold, or stocks, the best place for investors
in 2011 was U.S. government debt. Not even a downgrade of the
United States' AAA rating and spiraling public deficits stopped
a rally in Treasuries, which were the best-performing major
asset class of the year.         	
* Seoul shares ended on an even keel Monday as hope for signs of
economic recovery ahead of a set of key U.S. data releases to
start the new year were tempered by persistent euro zone worries
and sluggish domestic manufacturing activity.  	
    	
  IN THE KOREAN PRESS    	
Following is a summary of local press reports translated by   	
Reuters. Reuters has not verified the content of these reports  	
and does not vouch for their accuracy.	
>Lock&Lock Co Ltd said it had finished the
construction of a heat-resistant glass factory in Vietnam with
annual capacity of 10,000 tonnes.	
>Shinsegae Co Ltd and Lotte Shopping Co Ltd
 both said Tuesday that they would focus on their
online shopping businesses in 2012, with Lotte Shopping setting
a sales target for the division of 300 billion won ($260.4
million).	
	
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($1 = 1152.0000 Korean won)	
	
 (Reporting by Eunjee Park; Editing by Jonathan Hopfner)