Seoul shares hit record close; brokerages rally


(Updates to close) By Rafael Nam SEOUL, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Seoul shares rose 0.3 percent to a record close on Friday, as brokerages such as Samsung Securities extended a surge on hopes a market rally may spur more trading, although investors also locked in gains in recent outperformers. Foreign investors were heavy buyers totalling a net 181.9 billion won ($193.8 million) in shares, according to data at 0626 GMT, continuing a return to Seoul markets they had sold heavily last year. ...

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