* Stock market focus more on BOJ decision - analyst
* Foreigners set to be net stock buyers for 3rd session
SEOUL, Sept 20 South Korean shares and the won
were steady in early trades on Tuesday as investors
stayed on the sidelines ahead of central bank policy decisions
in Japan and the United States.
The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) was
nearly unchanged at 2,015.52 as of 0222 GMT.
The won was down 0.1 percent at 1,119.1, compared
with Monday's close of 1,118.1.
Both the U.S. Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan's
September meeting results will be out on Wednesday.
"The market is focusing more on the BOJ results rather than
the Fed's since it had said that it would come up with
additional monetary easing," said Kim Ye-eun, a stock analyst
with LIG Investment & Securities.
If the BOJ actually eases its monetary policy, it would
cause wild movement in stocks but whether they would head upward
or downward is yet unpredictable, she added.
Offshore investors had purchased a net 31.0 billion won
($27.73 million) of KOSPI shares near mid-session and were
expected to be buyers for a third straight session.
Shares of SK Chemicals Co Ltd rose more than 2
percent, while SK Innovation Co Ltd fell 1.3
Decliners and advancers were almost even by 395 to 379.
September futures on three-year treasury bonds
gained 0.01 point to 110.59.
0222 GMT Prev close
Dollar/won 1,119.1 1,118.1
Yen/won 10.9600/18 10.9706
*KTB futures 110.59 110.58
KOSPI 2,015.52 2,015.78
* Front-month futures on three-year treasury bonds
(Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)