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SEOUL, April 16 Seoul shares ended flat on
Wednesday as slightly better-than-expected first-quarter China
growth data was somewhat offset by selling from institutions,
and the won turned higher after local exporters sold
dollars late in the session.
The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) closed
unchanged at 1,992.21 points.
Foreigner and retail investors supported the index, buying
43.9 billion won ($42.18 million) and 55.0 billion won worth of
South Korean stocks, respectively. Institutions sold shares
totalling 95.8 billion won.
The local currency finished onshore trade up 0.3 percent
compared with Tuesday's local close at 1,040.9. The won had
initially fallen on dollar bids linked to dividend payments, but
buying from local exporters on dips quickly erased the losses.
($1 = 1040.8500 Korean Won)
(Reporting by Christine Kim; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)