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Seoul: Won pares some gains on rate cut, stocks reverse

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The South Korean won closed nearly steady on Thursday after giving up earlier gains, reacting to the Bank of Korea's policy decision to cut interest rates sooner than later.

[SEOUL] The South Korean won closed nearly steady on Thursday after giving up earlier gains, reacting to the Bank of Korea's policy decision to cut interest rates sooner than later.

The won was quoted at 1,156.0 to the US dollar at the conclusion of onshore trade, up 0.1 per cent compared with Wednesday's close of 1,156.6.

South Korean shares reversed later in the day as individuals and local institutions' stock selling outweighed foreign investors' purchases.

The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (Kospi) closed down 0.1 per cent at 2,024.17 points.

Offshore investors marked a third buying session and purchased 325.5 billion won (S$380.16 million) worth of shares for the day.

REUTERS

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