* Foreign net selling continues, total 2.7 til won on Tue.
* Hyundai Motor rise, Hotel Shilla at all time high
* Daewoong Pharm hit by weak 4Q earnings
SEOUL, Feb 5 Bargain hunters lifted Seoul shares
from a 5-1/2 month low on Wednesday morning, tracking a lead
from Wall Street but sentiment remained fragile as concerns
about the global growth outlook persisted.
The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) was up
0.5 percent at 1,896.44 points as of 0221 GMT. The KOSPI had
retreated 2.8 percent in the past two sessions to position at
the lowest level not seen since Aug. 28.
Wall Street rebounded on Tuesday, easing safe-haven plays
such as the yen and U.S. Treasuries as risk
Analysts said the bargain hunting recovery followed better
U.S. economic data, noting worries about the U.S. economy had
taken more of a toll than emerging market fears, and still named
Friday's U.S. non-farm payrolls as a key market focus.
"The talk about differentiation among emerging markets and
strong economic growth for South Korea will only hold true under
the backing of a strong U.S. economy," said Mirae Asset
Securities analyst Lee Jae-hun.
Lee added that European Central Bank (ECB) meeting on
Thursday may bring cheer to riskier assets as hopes rise of more
accommodative policy measures to address deflation concerns as
well as pepping up Europe's weak recovery.
Although offshore investors net sold 116 billion won ($107
million) worth of KOSPI shares near mid-session, advancers
outnumbered decliners 514 to 243 on the back of net purchases by
retail and institutional investors. Foreigners had offloaded a
net 2.7 trillion won of shares this year by Tuesday.
South Korea's foreign exchange reserves hit a new peak for
the seventh straight month in January, central bank data showed
on Wednesday, reaffirming the country's relatively firm ground
compared to other emerging markets.
Automaker Hyundai Motor Co rose 2 percent following a 3.7
percent skid in the previous two sessions while also being
supported by upbeat January sales in the U.S. market.
Autoparts maker and affiliate Hyundai Mobis Co Ltd added 4.4
Hotel Shilla Co Ltd, an affiliate of Samsung
Group rose 2.9 percent to a lifetime high on rosy
earnings outlook this year, as it secured rights in early
January to operate perfume and cosmetics stores at Singapore's
Lacklustre October-December quarter earnings sent Daewoong
Pharmaceutical Co Ltd down 5.7 percent after a
regulatory filing on Tuesday said its operating profit declined
23.2 percent from a year earlier.
The KOSPI 200 benchmark of core stocks and the
junior KOSDAQ both edged up 0.5 percent, respectively.
($1 = 1083.8000 Korean won)
(Reporting by Jungmin Jang; Editing by Eric Meijer)