|The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (Kospi) figures are displayed at a dealing room of a local bank in Seoul, Friday. (Yonhap)|
The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (Kospi) fell 14.08 points, or 0.45 percent, to 3,116.01 points in the first 15 minutes of trading.
Stocks retreated as investors took to the sidelines to digest mixed US economic indicators, such as weak price and strong retail sales in August, and their impact on the global economy.
Overnight, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.18 percent, with the S&P 500 slipping 0.16 percent. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite edged up 0.13 percent.
The Seoul bourse will close Monday to Wednesday for the Chuseok holiday, the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving.
In Seoul, market kingpin Samsung Electronics edged down 0.13 percent, and No. 2 chipmaker SK hynix traded flat.
Internet portal giant Naver decreased 0.5 percent, but top pharmaceutical firm Samsung Biologics added 0.76 percent.
Leading carmaker Hyundai Motor gained 0.48 percent, while giant chemical maker LG Chem retreated 1.12 percent.
The local currency was trading at 1,176.35 won to the US dollar, down 4.55 won from the previous session's close. (Yonhap)