* KOSPI sets record intraday level for the year
* S.Korea Q2 GDP, govt policy measures out Thursday
SEOUL, July 23 The South Korean won rose
for a third session early on Wednesday but most investors were
in a cautious mood ahead of second-quarter growth data, the
government's revised economic forecasts and policy measures to
be announced the following day.
The local currency was quoted at 1,022.2 to the
dollar as of 0214 GMT, up 0.21 percent from Tuesday's close at
"Although expectations of policy changes, chiefly interest
rate cuts, contributed to the won's fall (last week), a
combination of increased appetite for riskier assets, gains in
Asian currencies and continued foreign net buys in local shares
are strengthening the won," said Son Eun-jeong, an analyst at
The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) was
flat on Wednesday, quoted at 2,029.50 points as of 0214 GMT and
up 0.03 percent from Tuesday's onshore close at 2,028.93.
Shares touched 2,035.24 points near mid-session, their
highest intraday level this year.
Shipbuilders gained 3.6 percent with Daewoo Shipbuilding &
Marine Engineering Co and Samsung Heavy Industries
rising 5.3 percent and 4.4 percent respectively.
Daewoo Securities analyst Sung Ki-jong said the shipbuilding
industry's performance was likely due to foreign investors
unwinding short positions.
The Bank of Korea will release its estimates of
second-quarter economic growth early on Thursday, likely showing
the economy expanded at its slowest rate in more than a year on
weak consumption and a modest recovery in exports.
Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan is also expected to unveil
policy announcements on Thursday aimed to boost the economy.
Foreign investors purchased a net 62 billion won ($60.67
million) worth of KOSPI shares, and were poised for a seventh
consecutive session of net buying. Retail investors offloaded a
net 58 billion won, leveling the board.
Kia Motors Corp, South Korea's major automaker, fell 1.1
percent amid discussions with Mexico toward the opening of a new
$1.5 billion auto plant, according to Mexican officials on
September futures on three-year treasury bonds edged
up 0.11 percent to 107.09.
0214 GMT Prev close
Dollar/won 1,022.2 1,024.4
Yen/won 10.0739/828 10.0936
*KTB futures 107.09 106.97
KOSPI 2,029.50 2,028.93
* Front-month futures on three-year treasury bonds
($1 = 1022.0000 Korean Won)
(Reporting by Lydia Lim; Editing by Stephen Coates)