April 13, 2018 / 7:02 AM / a year ago

S.Korean stocks end higher on foreign buying; won steady

* KOSPI index rose, foreigners buy

* Korean won rose versus U.S. dollar

* South Korea bond yields were down

SEOUL, April 13 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea’s KOSPI stock index ended higher on Friday as foreign investors continued to buy stocks amid persistent fears over a trade war between the United States and China. The Korean won was steady, while bond yields fell. ** At 0633 GMT, the KOSPI closed up 12.36 points or 0.51 percent at 2,455.07. For the week, the index gained 1 percent. ** The won was quoted at 1,069.5 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, steady compared with its previous close at 1,069.5. ** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,068.41 per U.S. dollar, up 0.15 percent from the previous session, while in one-year non-deliverable forwards it was being transacted at 1,054.15 per dollar. ** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.13 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the previous session with mild gains. Japanese stocks rose 0.55 percent. ** The KOSPI is down around 1 percent so far this year, and slipped 0.63 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 391,735,000 shares, and of the total traded issues of 887, the number of advancing shares was 457. ** Foreigners were net buyers of 52,948 million won worth of shares. ** The U.S dollar rose 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 was 1,098.4 on February 6 this year. ** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was quoted at 1.65 percent compared with a previous close of 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean treasury bond yielded 2.153 percent, lower than the previous day’s 2.16 percent. (Reporting by Cynthia Kim, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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