Kospi posts modest gains after boost from large caps
After a choppy session, the benchmark Kospi gained 11.32 points, or 0.59 percent, to close at 1,934.09. Trade volume was heavy at 1.16 billion shares worth 10.3 trillion won ($8.4 billion), with gainers outnumbering losers 487 to 343.
The local stock market opened higher, taking a cue from overnight gains on Wall Street. Investor sentiment was also boosted by efforts to help the local economy get back on track.
The index shifted into negative territory briefly but closed higher as individuals scooped up large-cap shares on hopes that the government is inching toward boosting economic activities.
President Moon Jae-in has called for swift and decisive policy action to revitalize the economy hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, as Asia’s fourth largest economy is planning a multitrillion-won extra budget to boost domestic demand.
“Hopes for an economic recovery and the Covid-19 outbreak slowdown pushed up the local market,” said Lee Kyung-min, an analyst at Daeshin Securities.
Individuals and institutions scooped up a net 83.4 billion won and 23.6 billion won, respectively. Meanwhile, foreign investors offloaded a net 125.7 billion won.
Most large-cap shares were mixed.
Leading automaker Hyundai Motor moved up 1.75 percent to 93,200 won, and Hyundai Motor’s sister company Kia Motors gained 2.27 percent to 29,250 won.
In contrast, major pharmaceutical firm Celltrion fell 1.65 percent to 209,000.
The local currency closed at 1,225.2 won against the U.S. dollar, up 1 won from the previous session’s close.
The secondary Kosdaq was down 1.94 points, or 0.30 percent, to close at 644.93.
Bond prices, which move inversely to yields, closed higher. The yield on three-year bonds added 0.9 basis point to 1.034 percent, with the return on the benchmark 10-year government bond added 5.8 basis points to close at 0.66 percent.
BY KANG JAE-EUN, YONHAP [firstname.lastname@example.org]