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Investment Banks Raise South Korea’s Investment Ratings

Investment Banks Raise South Korea’s Investment Ratings

SEOUL, May 24 (Korea Bizwire) – Global investment banks (IBs) have upgraded their investment ratings on South Korean stocks and hiked targets of its benchmark stock index on expectations for higher corporate earnings and other positives, a report showed Wednesday.  Among seven major foreign IBs, UBS, Nomura, Citi, Credit Suisse and Bank of America Merill [...]

Foreign Ownership of KOSDAQ Stocks Hits Record High

Foreign Ownership of KOSDAQ Stocks Hits Record High

SEOUL, May 17 (Korea Bizwire) – Foreign ownership of stocks traded on South Korea’s secondary stock market has reached a fresh high on expectations the country’s new government may take steps to boost smaller firms, data showed Tuesday.  As of Thursday, offshore investors held 23.3 trillion won (US$20.8 billion) worth of shares traded on the [...]

National Pension Fund Earns 13 Tln Won from Equity Investments This Year

National Pension Fund Earns 13 Tln Won from Equity Investments This Year

SEOUL, May 12 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s national pension fund has earned nearly 13 trillion won (US$11.5 billion) from stock investments this year thanks to the bullish stock market, data showed Friday.  According to the data by market tracker FnGuide and industry sources, the value of 278 stocks, of which the National Pension Service [...]

Stock Funds in Emerging Markets Thrive with High Profitability

Stock Funds in Emerging Markets Thrive with High Profitability

SEOUL, March 23 (Korea Bizwire) – Stock funds in emerging financial markets have become a newfound investment destination among South Koreans this year, with promising returns, said local market researcher KG Zeroin.  According to data compiled by the firm, of overseas stock funds with a minimum of 1 billion won ($892,618) in assets and a [...]

Market Cap of Foreign-Owned Stocks Tops 511 Tln Won

Market Cap of Foreign-Owned Stocks Tops 511 Tln Won

SEOUL, March 14 (Korea Bizwire) – The combined market capitalization of South Korean stocks held by foreigners has exceeded 511 trillion won (US$445 billion), hitting an all-time high, data showed Tuesday.  Foreigners have purchased a net 4.22 trillion won worth of shares here this year alone, helping drive up the benchmark index KOSPI to 2,117.59 [...]

Korean Youth Increasingly Indifferent to Stock Investing

Korean Youth Increasingly Indifferent to Stock Investing

SEOUL, Feb. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – The local stock market is struggling to attract young investors amid prolonged economic hardships, a record high youth unemployment rate, and an increasing number of “house poor” individuals and families.  Besides the fact that the benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) has hovered in the same 1,850 – [...]