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South Korean Stock Movers Column: KT&G, SK Telecom

Shares of the following companies had unusual moves in South Korea trading. Stock symbols are in parentheses and prices are as of the 3 p.m. close in Seoul.

The Kospi Index dropped 1.5 percent to 2,018.61, the biggest decline since Dec. 19.

Kepco Engineering & Construction Co. (052690 KS) fell 3.3 percent to 77,500. Comments made by the chief executive officer of parent Korea Electric Power to reporters on April 2 indicate winning more orders overseas make take longer than investors expected, Bum Su Jin, an analyst at Samsung Securities Co., said by phone today.

KT&G Corp. (033780 KS), South Korea’s biggest tobacco company, rose 2.2 percent to 77,800 won. KT&G will begin selling a new cigarette named after the Italian fashion brand “Tonino Lamborghini” on April 18, it said in an e-mailed statement today.

SK Telecom Co. (017670 KS), South Korea’s largest mobile-phone operator, dropped 3.2 percent to 138,000 won. Posco, the world’s third-biggest steelmaker by output, sold about 2.3 million shares in SK Telecom at a price about 4 percent less than yesterday’s close, Chung Jae Woong, a Seoul-based spokesman for Pohang-based Posco, said by phone today.

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