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Seoul: Won rises, tracking Chinese yuan; shares lose ground


[SEOUL] The South Korean won joined most its regional peers in strengthening against the dollar on Friday, led by the Chinese yuan.

Market reaction was largely muted following the Bank of Korea's decision to hold interest rates steady and remarks from its governor.

The won closed local trade up 0.8 per cent to 1,184.5 per dollar. The won also climbed 0.8 per cent for the week.

On the stock market, Seoul shares ended down 1.1 per cent to 1,941.37 points on profit-taking following a two-day rally. For the week, the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) gained 2.9 per cent.

Foreign investors were net sellers for a 27th consecutive session, the longest such spree since July 2008. Offshore investors have sold a net 5.37 trillion won (S$6.4 billion) of the KOSPI shares during the streak, preliminary data showed.


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