* Techs slide on Apple's results; Samsung Elec falls 0.8 pct
* Hyundai Motor down 1.6 pct on Q4 earnings concerns
SEOUL Jan 24 Seoul shares were flat on Thursday
morning, paring earlier losses as strong manufacturing data from
China offset worries sparked by Apple Inc's
The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) ticked
0.02 percent lower at 1,980.03 points as of 0230 GMT.
"Several factors weighed on the main board, including
profit-taking on the volatile won and Apple's earnings. But
China's PMI was solid, supporting the index," said Kim
Young-joon, an analyst at SK Securities.
The HSBC flash purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose to 51.9
in January, the highest since January 2011, indicating a steady
recovery in the world's second-largest economy.
Tech shares were down, with heavyweight Samsung Electronics
sliding 0.8 percent while LG Display, an Apple
component supplier, fell 2.1 percent.
Hyundai Motor shares fell 1.6 percent near the
mid-session ahead of its fourth-quarter earnings due later in
A Reuters poll of 15 analysts forecast its October-December
net profit rose 7.5 percent to 2.15 trillion won ($2 billion),
the automaker's lowest profit growth since it switched
accounting rules in 2011.
Hyundai's record car sales are seen dented by the impact of
a stronger local currency and the cost of compensating drivers
in North America for overstated fuel-economy claims.
Foreign investors sold a net 90.2 billion Korean won ($84.60
million) worth of KOSPI shares near mid-session, weighing on the
Declining shares outnumbered winners 392 to 349.
The KOSPI 200 benchmark of core stocks was down 0.1
percent, while the junior KOSDAQ traded flat.
($1 = 1066.2000 Korean won)
(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)