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Korea Exchange Considers Longer Hours While Mulling Acquisitions

South Korea’s bourse operator may extend trading hours for Asia’s fourth-biggest equity market and will consider overseas acquisitions after local trading volumes slumped to a six-year low.

Korea Exchange plans to extend trading hours after the official close and may lengthen its six-hour regular trading day within five years to boost liquidity in the $1.2 trillion market, according to its first development plan since Choi Kyung Soo took over as chairman in October. The bourse will consider acquiring foreign alternative trading systems and exchanges over the next three years, it said in an e-mailed statement today.