May 14, 2018 / 6:54 AM / in 5 months

S.Korean won edges up on softer dollar; shares end flat

* KOSPI index fell, foreigners sell

* Korean won rose versus U.S. dollar

* South Korea bond yields were up

SEOUL, May 14 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea’s KOSPI stock index weakened on Monday. The Korean won rose as soft U.S. inflation saw the dollar easing in global markets. ** At 0630 GMT, the KOSPI was down 1.60 points or 0.06 percent at 2,476.11. Market heavyweight Samsung Electronics ended down 2.34 percent, while SK Hynix closed 0.8 percent lower. Steelmakers and construction shares rose on hopes of embarking on inter-Korea economic projects including railroad constructions. ** The won was quoted at 1,068 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.12 percent firmer than its previous close at 1,069.3. ** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,066.76 per U.S. dollar, up 0.01 percent from the previous day, while in one-year non-deliverable forwards it was being transacted at 1,050.5 per dollar. ** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.44 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the previous session with mild gains. Japanese stocks rose 0.47 percent. ** The KOSPI climbed around 0.4 percent so far this year, and rose 2.41 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 643,665,000 shares, and of the total traded issues of 882, the number of advancing shares was 538. ** Foreigners were net sellers of 89,655 million won worth of shares. ** The U.S dollar climbed 0.03 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 Feb. 6 this year. ** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year treasury bonds fell 0.07 points to107.45. ** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was quoted at 1.65 percent compared with a previous close of 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean treasury bond yielded 2.311 percent, higher than the previous day’s 2.29 percent. (Reporting by Cynthia Kim, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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