April 26, 2018 / 6:47 AM / a year ago

S.Korean stocks rise on tech rally; won flat

* KOSPI index up over 1 pct, foreign investors buy

* Korean won tentative versus U.S. dollar

* South Korea bond yields down

SEOUL, April 26 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea’s KOSPI stock index rose more than 1 percent on Thursday as tech shares rallied, while the Korean won barely moved against the dollar and bond yields fell. ** At 06:30 GMT, the KOSPI was up 26.83 points or 1.10 percent at 2,475.64. The sub-index for electric and electronics jumped 3.2 percent on optimistic market sentiment after Samsung Electronics posted a record quarterly profit. Shares of Samsung Electronics gained 3.5 percent, while those of SK Hynix rose nearly 5 percent. ** LG Electronics ended trade up 1 percent after it posted the highest quarterly profit for the Jan-March period since 2009. ** Hyundai Motor, however, dropped 4.6 percent as its first-quarter net profit halved, missing estimates by a big margin. ** The won was quoted at 1,080.9 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.03 percent weaker than its previous close at 1,080.6. ** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,080.11 per U.S. dollar, up 0.1 percent from the previous day, while in one-year non-deliverable forwards it was being asked at 1,065.25 per dollar. ** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.43 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the previous session with mild gains. Japanese stocks rose 0.47 percent. ** The KOSPI is down around 0.8 percent so far this year, and up 1.50 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 514,404,000 shares and, of the total traded issues of 882, the number of advancing shares was 470. ** Foreigners were net buyers of 170,923 million won worth of shares. ** The U.S dollar has risen 1.29 percent against the won this year. The won’s high for the year is 1,053.55 per dollar on April 2 and low is 1,098.4 on Feb. 6. ** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year treasury bonds rose 0.05 points to 107.63. ** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean treasury bond yielded 2.236 percent, lower than the previous day’s 2.25 percent. (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)

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