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SEOUL Feb 20 Seoul shares fell for a second
session to a one-week low on Thursday, dragged down by minutes
of the U.S. Federal Reserve's January policy meeting that showed
it remains on track to keep trimming its stimulus.
A preliminary private survey showing activity in China's
factories shrank again in February weighed further on Seoul
shares, adding to worries over a sustained slowdown in Asia's
The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) closed
down 0.6 percent at 1,930.57 on Thursday, its lowest closing
level since Feb. 13.
Foreign investors offloaded a net 185.5 billion won ($174
million) worth of shares in their third straight day of selling.
Naver Corp shares fell 8 percent on news
Facebook Inc will acquire messaging application WhatsApp
for $19 billion, seen to threaten Naver Corp's chat service
($1 = 1065.5500 Korean won)
(Reporting by Christine Kim; Editing by)