Seoul shares hit 20-month high, Hyundai firm soars


(Updates to noon) SEOUL, Jan 20 (Reuters) - South Korean shares edged up to a new 20-month high by midday on Tuesday as Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co soared on hopes for Iraqi contracts, helping to offset faltering blue chips. Foreigners continued to buy, betting on an exports-driven economic rebound and helping to shore up weak trading ahead of the three-day Lunar New Year holiday. The key Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) added 0.15 percent to 858.09 by noon after ...

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