March 27, 2018 / 6:49 AM / 4 months ago

S.Korean stocks, won rise as U.S.-China trade worries ease

* KOSPI index ends 0.61 pct higher, foreigners buy

* Korean won firms more than 1 pct against U.S. dollar

* South Korean bond yields fall

SEOUL, March 27 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea’s KOSPI stock index rose on Tuesday and the Korean won extended gains on higher risk appetite, after trade tensions between the United States and China showed signs of easing. ** At 06:30 GMT, the KOSPI ended higher 14.98 points or 0.61 percent at 2,452.06. ** The won was quoted at 1,070.3 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 1.01 percent firmer than its previous close at 1,081.1. ** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,070.1 per U.S. dollar, up 0.43 percent from the previous day, while in one-year non-deliverable forwards it fetched 1,054.9 per dollar. ** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.96 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the previous session with gains. Japanese stocks rose 2.65 percent. ** The KOSPI is down around 1.2 percent so far this year, and down by 1.69 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 326,893,000 shares, and of the total traded issues of 888, the number of advancing shares was 599. ** Foreigners were net buyers of 14,168 million won worth of shares. ** The U.S. dollar has risen 0.35 percent against the won this year. The won’s high for the year is 1,056.67 per dollar on January 14 2018 and low is 1,098.4 on February 6 2018. ** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year treasury bonds rose 0.01 points to 107.6. ** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean treasury bond yielded 2.235 percent, lower than the previous day’s 2.24 percent. (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)

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