December 23, 2019 / 7:13 AM / a month ago

S.Korean shares end flat on profit-taking, hover near 8-month high

* KOSPI almost unchanged, foreigners net buyers

* Korean won weakens versus U.S. dollar

* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls

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SEOUL, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets:

** South Korean shares ended flat on Monday as investors booked profits, with the benchmark index hovering near an eight-month high, while latest exports data had a limited impact. The Korean won and the benchmark bond yield fell.

** South Korean exports fell again in the first 20 days of December, but a recovery in demand from China and stabilising chip prices offered signs that a year-long run of declines may be nearing its end.

** Foreigners’ buying of Korean stocks faded and it seems like investors booked profits as the index hovered above 2,200 points, said Lee Young-gon, an analyst at Hana Financial Investment.

** The Seoul stock market’s main KOSPI fell 0.47 points, or 0.02%, to 2,203.71. Rising as much as 5.5% so far this month, the major index hit its highest intraday level since May 3 on Dec. 17. It has since been hovering around the same level.

** Foreigners were net buyers of 26.1 billion won ($22.44 million) worth of shares on the main board.

** The won was quoted at 1,164.3 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.32% lower than its previous close at 1,160.6.

** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,163.5 per U.S. dollar, down 0.4% from the previous day, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract was quoted at 1,162.1 per dollar.

** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.06%, after U.S. stocks closed higher on Friday. Japanese stocks rose 0.02%.

** The KOSPI has risen 7.97% so far this year, and gained 3.1% in the previous 30 trading sessions.

** The trading volume during the session in the KOSPI index was 494.36 million shares and, of the total traded issues of 907, the number of advancing shares was 342.

** The won has lost 4.2% against the dollar so far this year.

** In money and debt markets, March futures on three-year treasury bonds rose 0.05 points to 110.48, while the 3-month Certificate of Deposit rate was quoted at 1.53% in late afternoon trade.

** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by 1.4 basis points to 1.380% in late afternoon trade, while the benchmark 10-year yield fell by 3.4 basis points to 1.642%. ($1 = 1,163.2500 won) (Reporting by Hayoung Choi; Editing by Rashmi Aich)

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