* Gains across board after worries ease over Syria
* LG Display slumps on lukewarm reaction to new iPhones
SEOUL, Sept 12 Seoul shares hit a fresh 6-month
high on Thursday as economic optimism outweighed early
profit-taking, while easing worries about instability in Syria
also lent support.
The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) rose
0.5 percent to 2,014.34 points by 0310 GMT after rising as high
as 2,017.48 points, the highest intraday level since March 7.
"Much of the concern regarding the global economy has eased
with the recent bullish data around the world, attracting
investors to the stock market," said Kang Hyun-gee, an analyst
at IM Investment & Securities, referring to the recent
stronger-than-expected economic data from China.
In Seoul, the Bank of Korea held its base rate
steady at 2.50 percent for a fourth consecutive month, as widely
expected, while maintaining its previously upbeat views on the
LG Display Co Ltd, a key supplier for Apple
Inc's iPhone and iPad line of products, fell 3.5
percent. Apple shares slumped after its new iPhone models
disappointed investors who were hoping for a cheaper version or
a new product line.
Steelmaker POSCO fell 2.2 percent after selling
some of its own stock at a 4.8 percent discount to Wednesday's
closing price in a block offering.
Brokerages Hyundai Securities Co Ltd and Daewoo
Securities Co Ltd rose 3 percent and 1.1 percent,
respectively, on prospects of higher earnings stemming from the
recent rise in the local markets.
Foreign investors purchased a net 271.8 billion won ($250.16
million) worth of local shares in the morning as they were
poised to extend their net buying streak to a 15th session.
Gainers outnumbered decliners 450 to 342.
The KOSPI 200 benchmark of core stocks was up 0.6
percent, while the junior KOSDAQ edged 0.3 percent