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Seoul shares are seen down, dogged by growth concerns

SEOUL, Oct 9 (Reuters) - South Korean stocks are expected toextend losses on Tuesday, taking a cue from Wall Street, asinvestors brace themselves for disappointing corporate earningsand a slowing world economy.

"Economic uncertainty is growing and the market lacksmomentum after Samsung Electronics announced earnings estimates(on Friday)," said Jeff Kim, an analyst Kyobo Securities.

U.S. shares were pressured on Monday by a weak corporateearnings outlook as the World Bank cut its growth forecasts forthe East Asia and Pacific region, and warned that the slowdownin China could worsen and last longer than many analysts expect.

The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI)

closed

0.7 percent lower at 1,981.89 points on Monday, closing belowthe 2,000 point mark for the eighth straight session.

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INSTRUMENT LAST PCT CHG NET CHGS&P 5001,455.88 -0.35% -5.050USD/JPY78.29 -0.04% -0.03010-YR US TSY YLD1.743 -- 0.000SPOT GOLD$1,775.49 0.07% 1.200US CRUDE$89.33 0.00% 0.000DOW JONES13583.65 -0.19% -26.50ASIA ADRS

119.73 -0.76% -0.92------------------------------------------------------------->Wall St drops as investors wary of weak earnings

>Prices fall as jobless rate improves,new supply due

>Euro falls from 2-week highs vs dollar

>Oil dips on growth worry;Middle East fears support

(Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Eric Meijer)

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