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South Korean shares post biggest weekly fall in three as global virus woes weigh

  • South Korea reported 47 new coronavirus cases as of Thursday midnight, marking the smallest daily cases since Sept. 29.
16 Oct 2020

SEOUL: Round-up of South Korean financial markets:

South Korean shares posted their sharpest weekly fall in three on Friday as a resurgence in COVID-19 cases across Europe and the US, and fading hopes for a US stimulus package hit sentiment. The won weakened, while the benchmark bond yield rose.

Stocks fell sharply in afternoon trade due to concerns that a second wave of COVID-19 cases could tamper economic recovery in the US and Europe, said Seo Sang-young, an analyst at Kiwoom Securities.

Shares of Samsung Electronics fell 0.83pc and SK Hynix declined 2.07pc.

South Korea reported 47 new coronavirus cases as of Thursday midnight, marking the smallest daily cases since Sept. 29.

At close, the benchmark KOSPI fell 19.68 points, or 0.83pc, to 2,341.53. For the week, the Kospi dropped 2.1pc, logging the sharpest weekly decline in three.

Foreigners were net sellers of 173.1 billion won worth of shares on the main board.

The won was quoted at 1,147.4 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.37pc lower than its previous close at 1,143.2.

In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,146.2 per dollar, down 0.1pc from the previous day, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract was quoted at 1,146.0.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 1.30pc.

The KOSPI has risen 6.55pc so far this year, and gained 0.3pc in the previous 30 trading sessions.

The trading volume during the session in the KOSPI index was 908.04 million shares. Of the total traded issues of 905, the number of advancing shares was 239.

The won has gained 0.8pc against the dollar so far this year.

The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 0.2 basis points to 0.883pc, while the benchmark 10-year yield rose by 0.7 basis points to 1.489pc.