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[SEOUL] South Korean shares rose on Tuesday as investors cheered strong exports growth, which has continued to support the domestic economy and helped boost corporate profits.
The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (Kospi) closed up 0.8 per cent at 2,422.96 points.
Local institutions purchased a net 180.8 billion won (S$218.64 million) worth of Kospi shares, offsetting foreign investors selling a net 36.4 billion won worth for the day.
The South Korean won reversed course to end slightly weaker as investors grappled with political turmoil in the United States and lingering jitters about North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
The won was quoted at 1,121.3 to the US dollar at the conclusion of onshore trade, down 0.2 per cent compared to Monday's close of 1,119.0.