April 17, 2018 / 6:45 AM / 9 days ago

S.Korean stocks edge down, won rises further

* KOSPI index inches down, foreign investors sell Korean won strengthens versus U.S. dollar South Korea bond yields rise

SEOUL, April 17 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea’s KOSPI stock index weakened on Tuesday, while the won became stronger against the greenback in the local platform and bond yields rose. ** At 06:32 GMT, the KOSPI was down 3.72 points or 0.15 percent at 2,453.77. ** The won was quoted at 1,067 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.66 percent firmer than its previous close at 1,074. The currency extended gains, erasing losses from Monday. ** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,066.12 per U.S. dollar, up 0.33 percent from the previous day, while in one-year non-deliverable forwards it was being transacted at 1,050.1 per dollar. ** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.25 percent, while U.S. stocks ended the previous session with mild gains. Japanese stocks rose 0.06 percent. ** The KOSPI is down around 0.4 percent so far this year, and has fallen 3.47 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 389,176,000 shares, and of the total traded issues of 885, the number of advancing shares was 436. ** Foreigners were net sellers of 274,675 million won worth of shares. ** The U.S dollar has fallen 0.03 percent against the won this year. The won’s high for the year is 1,053.55 per dollar on April 2 and low is 1,098.4 on Feb. 6. ** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year treasury bonds fell 0.02 points to 107.84. ** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean treasury bond yielded 2.181 percent, higher than the previous day’s 2.17 percent. (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)

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