Seoul shares up on 2007 outlook; blue chips gain


(Updates to mid-morning) SEOUL, Dec 28 (Reuters) - South Korean shares rose 0.6 percent on Thursday, helped by gains in blue chips such as Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on a bright outlook for next year and tracking higher U.S. stocks. But investors were reluctant to buy shares aggressively as the day is the last day of 2006 and as they still saw some risks including a possible interest rate increase in Japan next year. The benchmark KOSPI rose 0.55 percent to 1,432.9 at 0137 GMT. ...

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