April 11, 2018 / 6:53 AM / 11 days ago

S.Korean stocks retreat, won holds steady

* KOSPI index turns to negative territory, foreigners sell

* Korean won barely changed versus U.S. dollar

* South Korea bond yields down

SEOUL, April 11 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea’s KOSPI stock index reversed earlier gains and edged down on Wednesday, while the won held steady against the dollar in the local platform and bond yields fell. ** At 06:32 GMT, the KOSPI was down 6.52 points or 0.27 percent at 2,444.22. ** The won was quoted at 1,066.3 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.01 percent firmer than its previous close of 1,066.4. ** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,064.92 per U.S. dollar, down 0.1 percent from the previous day, while in one-year non-deliverable forwards it was being asked at 1,049.2 per dollar. ** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.01 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the previous session with gains. Japanese stocks weakened 0.49 percent. ** The KOSPI is down around 0.7 percent so far this year, and down by 0.28 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 346,729,000 shares, and of the total 889 issues traded, the number of advancing shares was 448. ** Foreigners were net sellers of 22,549 million won worth of shares. ** The U.S dollar has fallen 0.14 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, 2018. ** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year treasury bonds rose 0.07 points to 107.92. ** 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, lower than the previous day’s 2.19 percent. (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Sunil Nair)

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