The South Korea stock market has finished lower in two of three trading days since the end of the two-day winning streak in which it had gathered almost 35 points or 1.7 percent. The KOSPI now rests just above the 2,075-point plateau and it may take further damage on Tuesday.
The global forecast for the Asian markets is murky ahead of U.S. midterm elections later today as weakness from oil and technology stocks will likely cap any upside. The European and U.S. markets were mixed and little changed and the Asian bourses figure to open in similar fashion.
The KOSPI finished modestly lower on Monday following losses from the financial shares, technology stocks and industrial issues.
For the day, the index dropped 19.08 points or 0.91 percent to finish at 2,076.92 after trading between 2,052.67 and 2,080.49. Volume was 353.46 million shares worth 4.83 trillion won. There were 546 decliners and 297 gainers.
Among the actives, Shinhan Financial lost 0.81 percent, while KB Financial fell 0.82 percent, Woori Bank dropped 1.26 percent, Hana Financial retreated 2.66 percent, Samsung Electronics shed 0.97 percent, LG Electronics added 0.60 percent, LG Display declined 2.01 percent, SK hynix skidded 2.89 percent, SK Telecom spiked 2.33 percent, KEPCO climbed 1.88 percent, POSCO tumbled 3.28 percent, Hyundai Motor plummeted 5.45 percent and Kia Motors plunged 4.23 percent.
The lead from Wall Street provides little clarity as stocks moved in opposite directions on Monday, with the Dow and the S&P 500 adding to last week’s strong gains but the tech-heavy NASDAQ extending the sharp pullback seen last Friday.
The Dow added 190.87 points or 0.76 percent to 25,461.70, while the NASDAQ fell 28.14 points or 0.38 percent to 7,328.85 and the S&P 500 gained 15.25 points or 0.56 percent to 2,738.31.
A notable drop by Apple (AAPL)