January 18, 2013 / 12:09 AM / in 5 years

Seoul shares rise as strong U.S. data lifts risk appetites

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SEOUL, Jan 18 (Reuters) - South Korean shares rose on Friday, tracking gains on Wall Street after better-than-expected U.S. economic data lifted appetire for risk.

Tech heavyweight Samsung Electronics Co Ltd rose 0.8 percent in early trading, snapping a 3-session loss.

The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) was up 0.7 percent at 1,988.14 points at 0001 GMT. (Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Richard Pullin)

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