April 26, 2019 / 7:17 AM / a month ago

S.Korean stocks jump most since Jan buoyed by U.S. GDP growth

* KOSPI index rises, foreigners net buyers

* Korean won strengthens versus U.S. dollar

* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls

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Seoul, April 29 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea’s KOSPI stock index rose 1.7 percent on Monday, the most since since Jan. 9, after U.S. first-quarter economic growth data offset fears of recession. The Korean won strengthened, while the benchmark bond yield fell. ** The Seoul stock market’s main KOSPI rose 37.12 points to 2,216.43. ** Foreigners were net buyers of 4.0 billion won worth of shares on the main board. ** U.S. economic growth accelerated in the first quarter, but the burst in growth was driven by a smaller trade deficit and the largest accumulation of unsold merchandise since 2015, temporary boosters that are seen weighing on the economy later this year.

** The won was quoted at 1,158.5 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.22 percent higher than its previous close at 1,161.0. ** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,158.7 per U.S. dollar, down 0.1 percent from the previous day, while in one-year non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract was quoted at 1,157.5 per dollar.

** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.51 percent, after gains in U.S. stocks .

** The KOSPI has risen 8.59 percent so far this year, and gained 0.1 percent in the previous 30 trading sessions.

** 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 373.53 million shares and, of the total traded issues of 889, the number of advancing shares was 548.

** The won has lost 3.7 percent against the U.S dollar this year.

** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year treasury bonds rose 0.04 points to 109.57, while the 3-month Certificate of Deposit rate was quoted at 1.84 percent.

** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell 1 basis point to 1.710 percent, while the benchmark 10-year yield declined 1.3 basis points to 1.863 percent. (Reporting by Yuna Park; Editing by Shreejay Sinha)

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