A foreign buying spree of Korean stocks, which continued for more than two months since August 23, finally came to an end on Thursday.
The Korea Composite Stock Price Index closed barely above the 2,030 level, down 1.43 percent at 2,030.09.
Foreigners sold W89 billion worth of stocks. They had bought Korean shares for the last 44 trading sessions, setting a new record worth W13 trillion and propelling the KOSPI up more than 10 percent to a new high.
But uncertainties loomed large once again, affected by the tapering of quantitative easing by the U.S. Fed, according to analysts.
The Fed on Wednesday pledged to stick to quantitative easing but did not say how long, which was enough to spook investors.