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KOSPI strives to stay stable despite gloomy outlook

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* Seoul shares pare opening loss

* Samsung Elec underperforming

* KEPCO recovering from block stake sale

SEOUL, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Seoul shares reversed some lossesin early trade on Thursday, though investors remained worriedabout global growth.

The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) ticked0.3 percent lower at 1,942.42 points as of 0237 GMT.

"The index is recovering from a week of losses, but itsmovement today will be limited as there is no new momentum,"said Bae Sung-yung, an analyst at Hyundai Securities.

Other Asian markets were mirrored the KOSPI, with the MSCIindex of Asia-Pacific share excluding Japanalmost flat at 0.19 percent down.

Korean market heavyweight Samsung Electronicsunderperformed the index, trading 1.4 percent lower.

Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO) gained 1percent, recovering from a block sale on Tuesday worth $550million.

Retail investors net bought 160 billion won ($143.54million) worth of shares near the mid-session, buttressing theindex in the face of selling by foreigners.

Declining shares outnumbered gainers 425 to 364.

The KOSPI 200 benchmark of core stocks was down 0.4percent, while the junior KOSDAQ edged 0.6 percenthigher.($1 = 1114.6500 Korean won)

(Reporting By Somang Yang; Editing by Daniel Magnowski)

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