May 4, 2018 / 6:53 AM / 20 days ago

S.Korean stocks fall, won edges down

* KOSPI index down 1 pct, foreigners sell

* Korean won slightly down versus U.S. dollar

* South Korea bond yields up

SEOUL, May 4 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea’s KOSPI stock index fell 1 percent on Friday. The Korean won ended slightly weaker, while bond yields rose. ** At 06:32 GMT, the KOSPI was down 25.87 points, or 1.04 percent, at 2,461.38. U.S.-China trade tensions as well as worries over faster-than-expected rate hike from the Federal Reserve continued to weigh on investor sentiment.

** Samsung Electronics, which resumed trading after a three-day halt due to stock split, closed 2.1 percent lower. ** The benchmark stock index fell 1.2 percent for the week, its biggest weekly percentage loss since late March. ** The won was quoted at 1,077.2 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.08 percent weaker than its previous close at 1,076.3. The local currency barely moved on a weekly basis. ** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,075.83 per U.S. dollar, down 0.12 percent from the previous day, while in one-year non-deliverable forwards it was being asked at 1,059.87 per dollar. ** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.51 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the previous session with mild losses. ** The KOSPI is up around 0.8 percent so far this year, and up by 0.09 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 599,881,000 shares and, of the total traded issues of 881, the number of advancing shares was 437. ** Foreigners were net sellers of 67,557 million won worth of shares. ** The U.S dollar has risen 0.89 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 Feb. 6, 2018. ** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year treasury bonds fell 0.08 points to 107.53. ** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean treasury bond yielded 2.281 percent, higher than the previous day’s 2.25 percent. (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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