May 11, 2018 / 6:51 AM / 5 months ago

S.Korean stocks, won edge up on weaker-than-expected U.S. inflation

* KOSPI index rises, foreigners buy

* Korean won steps up versus U.S. dollar

* South Korea bond yields up

SEOUL, May 11 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea’s KOSPI stock index and the won both ended higher as soft U.S. inflation saw the dollar easing in global markets. ** At 06:32 GMT, the KOSPI was up 13.53 points or 0.55 percent at 2,477.69. The benchmark stock index rose 0.7 percent on a weekly basis. ** The won was quoted at 1,069.3 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.36 percent firmer than its previous close at 1,073.1. For the week, the currency gained 0.7 percent, the biggest weekly percentage gain in three weeks. ** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,068.28 per U.S. dollar, down 0.34 percent from the previous day, while in one-year non-deliverable forwards it was being asked at 1,051.7 per dollar. ** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.78 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the previous session with mild gains. Japanese stocks rose 1.16 percent. ** The KOSPI is down around 0.1 percent so far this year, and up by 0.49 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 591,081,000 shares and, of the total traded issues of 885, the number of advancing shares was 618. ** Foreigners were net buyers of 200,246 million won worth of shares. ** The U.S dollar has risen 0.22 percent against the won this year. The won’s high for the year is 1,053.55 per dollar on April 2 2018 and the low is 1,098.4 on Feb. 6, 2018. ** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year treasury bonds fell 0.02 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 2.288 percent, up from the previous day’s 2.28 percent. (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Sunil Nair)

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