April 16, 2018 / 6:58 AM / 5 months ago

S.Korean stocks end higher, won drops

* KOSPI index edges up, foreigners sell

* Korean won fell versus U.S. dollar

* South Korea bond yields were up

SEOUL, April 16 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea’s KOSPI stock index ended higher on Monday. The Korean won dropped, while the bond yields rose. ** As of 0630 GMT, the KOSPI closed up 2.42 points or 0.10 percent at 2,457.49. ** The won was quoted at 1,074 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.42 percent weaker than its previous close at 1,069.5. Foreign investors’ counter remittance of their dividend probably have weighed on the currency, said foreign exchange dealers. ** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,073.02 per U.S. dollar, down 0.22 percent from the previous session, while in one-year non-deliverable forwards it was being asked at 1,057.1 per dollar. ** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.64 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the previous session with losses. Japanese stocks rose 0.26 percent. ** The KOSPI slid around 0.5 percent so far this year, and down by 2.20 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 338,976,000 shares, and of the total traded issues of 883, the number of advancing shares was 414 shares. ** Foreigners were net sellers of 38,040 million won worth of shares. ** The U.S dollar has risen 0.62 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 this year. ** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year treasury bonds dipped 0.01 points to 107.91. ** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean treasury bond yielded 2.161 percent, higher than the previous day’s 2.16 percent. (Reporting by Dahee Kim, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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