July 5, 2018 / 6:55 AM / 14 days ago

S.Korea stocks, won tumble before tariff deadline in U.S.-China trade row

* KOSPI index falls, foreigners sell

* Korean won slips against U.S. dollar

* South Korea bond yields were down

* For the midday report, please click

SEOUL, July 5 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea’s KOSPI stock index and the won fell on Thursday as sentiment was dampened ahead of a U.S. deadline for tariffs on Chinese imports. Bond yields also slid. ** At 06:32 GMT, the KOSPI was down 7.91 points or 0.35 percent at 2,257.55, hitting its lowest close since May 2017. ** The won was quoted at 1,118.6 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.37 percent weaker than its previous close at 1,114.5. ** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,118.37 per U.S. dollar, down 0.28 percent from the previous day, while in one-year non-deliverable forwards it was being asked at 1,102.05 per dollar. ** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.58 percent, while U.S. stocks were closed on Wednesday for the Independence Day holiday. Japanese stocks weakened 0.78 percent. ** The KOSPI is down around 8.2 percent so far this year, and down by 7.93 percent in the previous 30 days. ** The current price-to-earnings ratio is 12.10, the dividend yield is 1.28 percent, and the market capitalisation is 1,242.04 trillion won. ** The trading volume during the session on the KOSPI index was 342,616,000 shares and, of the total 888 traded issues, the number of advancing shares was 240. ** Foreigners were net sellers of 92,720 million won worth of shares. ** The U.S dollar has risen 4.87 percent against the won this year. The won’s high for the year is 1,053.55 per dollar on April 2, 2018 and the low is 1,125.17 on June 27, 2018. ** In money and debt markets, September futures on three-year treasury bonds rose 0.05 point to 108.14. ** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean treasury bond yielded 2.1 percent, lower than the previous day’s 2.12 percent. (Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Sunil Nair)

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