April 20, 2016 / 6:15 AM / 12 days ago

S.Korean stocks close flat on trade deal doubts

* KOSPI ends flat, foreigners net sellers

* Korean won slips versus U.S. dollar

* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls

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SEOUL, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets:

** South Korean shares ended little changed on Thursday as doubts about when the United States and China would sign a trade deal made investors cautious. The Korean won and the benchmark bond yield dropped.

** A meeting between Washington and Beijing to sign a long-awaited interim trade deal could be delayed until December as discussions continue over terms and venue, a senior official of the Trump administration told Reuters on Wednesday.

** It seems like the two countries are having a tug-of-war, said Ryoo Yong-seok, an analyst at KB Securities. Still there are lingering hopes that the United States and China could map out a broader deal before meeting next month, he added.

** The Seoul stock market’s main KOSPI ended up 0.14 points, or 0.01%, at 2,144.29, posting its sixth straight session of gains.

** Foreigners were net sellers of 149.9 billion won ($129.33 million) worth of shares on the main board. They turned net sellers on Thursday for the first time since Oct. 30.

** The won was quoted at 1,159.3 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.21% lower than its previous close at 1,156.9.

** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,159.1 per U.S. dollar, up 0.1% from the previous day, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract was quoted at 1,158.1 per dollar.

** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.12%, after U.S. stocks were mixed overnight. Japanese stocks ended up 0.11%.

** The KOSPI has risen 5.06% so far this year, and climbed 2.5% in the previous 30 trading sessions.

** The trading volume during the session in the KOSPI index was 417.91 million shares and, of the total traded issues of 904, the number of advancing shares was 408.

** The won has lost 3.8% against the dollar so far this year.

** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year treasury bonds fell 0.10 points to 109.87, while the 3-month Certificate of Deposit rate was quoted at 1.51% in late afternoon trade.

** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 0.3 basis points to 1.537% in late afternoon trade, while the benchmark 10-year yield fell by 1.1 basis points to 1.814%. ($1 = 1,159.0800 won) (Reporting by Hayoung Choi; Editing by Aditya Soni)

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