Seoul shares gain before ex-dividend date, end of year

SEOUL Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:10pm EST

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SEOUL Dec 26 (Reuters) - South Korean shares gained on Wednesday with blue-chips rising across the board before the local ex-dividend date falling on Thursday.

Market heavyweight Samsung Electronics Co Ltd rose 0.5 percent, regaining ground lost since hitting a lifetime high of 1.533 million won on Dec. 13.

The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) was up 0.75 percent at 1,996.78 points at 0006 GMT. (Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edmund Klamann)

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