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Seoul stocks open sharply lower on Pyongyang's nuke test

Sept. 4, 2017 - 09:57 By Yonhap
South Korean stocks opened sharply lower on Monday after North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test a day earlier, escalating geopolitical tension in the Northeast Asian region.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index plunged 26.87 points, or 1.14 percent, to 2,330.82 in the first 15 minutes of trading.

On Sunday, Pyongyang claimed it successfully conducted a test of a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded on an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Tech giants lost ground, with top cap Samsung Electronics dropping 1.42 percent and chipmaker SK hynix losing 1.6 percent.

Flat panel maker LG Display shed 1.79 percent.

Other major shares also traded bearish, with top portal operator Naver moving down 2.28 percent and No. 1 automaker Hyundai Motor falling 1.05 percent.

The local currency was trading at 1,129.60 won against the U.S. dollar, down 6.80 won from the previous session's close. (Yonhap)