Seoul shares higher by noon, LG.Philips jumps


(Updates to noon) SEOUL, Jan 31 (Reuters) - South Korean shares rose more than 1 percent by midday on Monday, led by blue chips such as LG.Philips LCD, as a dip in crude oil prices eased concerns about the impact of higher energy costs on firms' profits. Shares in top local chemicals maker LG Chem Ltd. were 1.44 percent higher at 38,700 won, after it reported a jump in quarterly profit. But further gains were kept in check by concerns about the impact of a surging South Korean won on ...

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