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* LG Display, Samsung Elec up before U.S. shopping season
* Hyundai and Kia drop on currency woes
* Foreigners net buyers for first time in nine sessions
SEOUL, Nov 20 South Korean shares rose for a
second day on Tuesday, lifted by hopes for progress in tackling
U.S. fiscal woes, but the market pared early gains as a
strengthening Korean won hit auto makers.
The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), which
hit a three-and-a-half month low on Friday, closed up 0.6
percent at 1,890.18 points.
After the KOSPI gained 1 percent early on Tuesday, it "lost
some steam because of profit-taking as investors digested the
news of France's credit downgrade," said Park Hae-sung at LIG
Securities, referring to Moody's ratings cut.
Wall Street climbed nearly 2 percent on Monday on
expectations that Congress will reach a compromise to avoid a
combination of spending cuts and tax hikes that threatens to
derail the U.S. economy.
Tech exporters rallied ahead of U.S. holiday shopping season
that kicks off this Friday, with Apple supplier LG Display
rising 4 percent and Samsung Electronics
up 2.4 percent.
Key automakers lost for a second day, with Kia Motors
shedding 2.3 percent and affiliate Hyundai Motor
down 0.7 percent.
Market watchers said Hyundai and Kia were struggling as
investors eye the won-yen exchange rate with concern.
The Korean won has been strengthening steadily against the
Japanese yen, making the price of South Korean exports rise over
those of Japanese rivals.
The won, already up more than 6 percent against
the U.S. dollar this year, closed at its highest level in more
than a year on Tuesday.
Foreign investors were net buyers for the first time in nine
sessions, buttressing the index.
The KOSPI 200 benchmark of core stocks closed up
0.8 percent, while the junior KOSDAQ was 0.7 percent
Move on day +0.64 percent
12-month high 2,057.28 14 March 2012
12-month low 1,750.60 19 Dec 2011
Change on yr +3.53 percent
All-time high 2,231.47 27 April 2011
All-time low 93.10 6 January 1981
(Reporting by Somang Yang; Editing by Richard Borsuk)