May 15, 2018 / 7:06 AM / 12 days ago

S.Korean won weakens on dollar strength; shares down

* KOSPI index falls, foreigners sell

* Korean won falls versus U.S. dollar

* South Korea bond yields up

SEOUL, May 15 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea’s KOSPI stock index weakened on Tuesday following a tepid Wall Street performance overnight. The Korean won fell on the greenback’s broad strength, while bond yields rose. ** At 06:33 GMT, the KOSPI was down 17.57 points, or 0.71 percent, at 2,458.54. Samsung Electronics declined 1.8 percent, while SK Hynix and LG Electronics fell 0.9 percent and 0.6 percent respectively. ** The won was quoted at 1,073.8 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.54 percent weaker than its previous close at 1,068. ** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,072.73 per U.S. dollar, down 0.24 percent from the previous day, while in one-year non-deliverable forwards it was being transacted at 1,057.1 per dollar. ** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.87 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the previous session with mild gains. Japanese stocks weakened 0.21 percent. ** The KOSPI is up around 0.3 percent so far this year, and up by 1.63 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 701,110,000 shares and, of the total traded issues of 885, the number of advancing shares was 333. ** Foreigners were net sellers of 239,056 million won worth of shares. ** The U.S dollar has risen 0.6 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, 2018. ** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year treasury bonds fell 0.03 points to107.44. ** 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 2.313 percent, higher than the previous day’s 2.31 percent. (Reporting by Cynthia Kim; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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