April 23, 2018 / 6:52 AM / a month ago

S.Korean stocks ease on foreign sell-off, won edges down

* KOSPI index down, foreigners sell

* Korean won weaker versus U.S. dollar

* South Korea bond yields up

SEOUL, April 23 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea’s KOSPI stock index weakened on Monday. The won slumped against the dollar while bond yields rose. ** At 06:32 GMT, the KOSPI was down 2.23 points or 0.09 percent at 2,474.10. North Korea-exposed shares, which surged in early trade on news that Pyongyang said it will suspend nuclear and missile tests immediately and abolish a nuclear test site, showed mixed movements later in the session. ** The won was quoted at 1,069 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.16 percent weaker than its previous close at 1,067.3. ** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,068.37 per dollar, up 0.16 percent from the previous day, while in one-year non-deliverable forwards it was being transacted at 1,051.38 per dollar. ** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.33 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the previous session with losses. Japanese stocks weakened 0.33 percent. ** The KOSPI is up around 0.4 percent so far this year, and down by 0.69 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 ($1.16 trillion). ** The trading volume during the session on the KOSPI index was 690,510,000 shares and, of the total traded issues of 884, the number of advancing shares was 400. ** Foreigners were net sellers of 304,598 million won worth of shares. ** The U.S dollar has risen 0.19 percent against the won this year. The won’s high for the year is 1,053.55 per dollar on April 2 2018 and low is 1,098.4 on February 6 2018. ** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year treasury bonds fell 0.12 points to 107.66. ** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean treasury bond yielded 2.227 percent, higher than the previous day’s 2.20 percent. ($1 = 1,068.4100 won) (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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