* Samsung Elec near flat, still cheap after recent losses
* SK Innovation down 2.2 pct on March revenue concerns
* Hyundai E&C up on Uzbekistan plant order
By Somang Yang
SEOUL, March 20 Seoul shares were softer on
Wednesday morning as investors cooled on big exporters,
reflecting worries about further weakening in the yen.
The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) ticked
0.3 percent lower at 1,972.44 points as of 0241 GMT.
"Large caps are under pressure as many expect the yen to
weaken further under a new BOJ chief," said Lim Soo-gyun, an
analyst at Samsung Securities.
Japanese lawmakers on Friday endorsed a new central bank
governor who backs aggressive monetary easing, which has the
side-effect of weakening the yen and making Japanese exports
more competitively priced than their South Korean counterparts.
"The KOSPI will rebound when it hits the 1,950-mark, so this
is a good opportunity to snap up tech stocks on the cheap,"
Tech giant Samsung Electronics is trading near
flat, but each share is about 52,000 won cheaper than last
Wednesday's closing price, having lost 5 percent of its value in
the two sessions following the launch of its new smartphone on
Refiner SK Innovation fell 2.2 percent,
extending the month's loss to over 10 percent on concerns over
the month's revenues.
Shares in Hyundai Engineering & Construction
rose 2 percent. The builder said on Tuesday that it had won a $
820 million order to build a power station in Talimarjan,
Uzbekistan, along with Daewoo International.
Daewoo's shares were up a modest 0.6 percent.
510 shares declined while 287 advanced in a thin session.
The KOSPI 200 benchmark of core stocks was down 0.3
percent, while the junior KOSDAQ edged 0.2 percent
(Editing by Eric Meijer)