April 12, 2019 / 7:26 AM / 2 months ago

S.Korean stocks rise for 11th straight session on foreign net purchase

* KOSPI index rises, foreigners net buyers

* Korean won steady versus U.S. dollar

* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises

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SEOUL, April 12 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea’s KOSPI stock index ended higher on Friday for the 11th consecutive session, the longest rally since July 2009, boosted by foreign net purchase. The Korean won held steady while the benchmark bond yield rose. ** The Seoul stock market’s main KOSPI rose 9.01 points, or 0.41 percent, to end at 2,233.45 points.

** Shares of drugmakers that manufacture morning-after pill rise after South Korean court ruled abortion ban is unconstitutional. ** For the week, the KOSPI gained 1.08 percent. ** Foreigners were net buyers of 249.9 billion won ($219.31 million) worth of shares on the main board.

** The won was quoted at 1,139.4 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, steady from its previous close at 1,139.4. ** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,139.0 per U.S. dollar, up 0.2 percent from the previous day, while in one-year non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract was quoted at 1,138.1 per dollar.

** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.02 percent, after U.S. stocks trod water. Japanese stocks rose 0.73 percent.

** The KOSPI has risen 9.43 percent so far this year, and fell 0.5 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 436.94 million shares and, of the total traded issues of 897, the number of advancing shares was 489.

** The won has lost 2.1 percent against the U.S dollar this year.

** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 0.4 basis points to 1.735 percent, while the benchmark 10-year yield rose by 1.5 basis points to 1.881 percent. ($1 = 1,139.4600 won) (Reporting by Yuna Park; Editing by Rashmi Aich)

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