|An electric board at the Korea Exchange’s Seoul office shows that South Korea’s main bourse, the Kospi, set a closing record of 3,286.10 points Thursday. It was the first time the index surpassed the 3,280-point mark at the closing bell. (KRX)|
Extending its winning streak to a third consecutive session, the Kospi gained 0.3 percent to close at 3,286.10, replacing the previous closing high of 3,278.68 set June 16. The key stock index once touched as high as 3,292.27 in the morning trade, surpassing the all-time intraday high of 3,281.96 set during trading June 16.
Institutional investors ended a fifth session with a continued selling spree in which they purchased a net 141 billion won ($124.5 million) worth of shares. Retail investors turned net sellers and offloaded shares, dumping a net 48.3 billion won, with foreign investors selling 104.4 billion won worth of shares.
The index advanced following tech stocks’ gains despite lingering uncertainties over the US Federal Reserve’s timeline for tapering. Overnight, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite notched an all-time high of 14,271.73 on Wall Street as well.
“Some analysis came right after the US Federal Reserve’s latest meeting (last week), saying its stance was hawkish. But Fed Chairman Jerome Powell had soothed investor sentiment with reassuring comments a day earlier,” Samsung Securities senior researcher Jeong Myung-ji said. “Relatively underperforming stocks rose following eased jitters and recent rallies.”
Market kingpin Samsung Electronics and No. 2 chipmaker SK hynix climbed 1.37 percent and 1.61 percent, respectively. Samsung SDI advanced 0.88 percent and Posco moved up 3.4 percent. SK Innovation and LG Electronics jumped 3.35 percent and 4.13 percent.
Hyundai Motor closed unchanged, but the country’s two online giants and Kospi’s No. 3 and No. 4 most valuable stocks -- Naver and Kakao -- dipped 0.94 percent and 7.37 percent, respectively. LG Chem and Celltrion also declined, 0.48 percent and 1.07 percent.
The tech-heavy Kosdaq began trading 0.06 percent higher at 1,017.11, but it soon moved downward and remained bearish throughout the day to close at 1,012.62 points. It was led by both foreigners and institutional investors, who turned net sellers again after net buying in the previous session. They sold a net 155 billion won and 73 billion won, while retail investors scooped up a net 228.7 billion won.
The local currency closed at 1,134.9 won against the US greenback, up 2.8 won per dollar or 0.25 percent from the previous session’s close.