November 21, 2017 / 6:50 AM / a year ago

South Korean stocks edge up, won follows Asian peers higher

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SEOUL, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korea’s KOSPI stock index rose on Tuesday. The Korean won gained, while bond yields fell. ** At 06:32 GMT, the KOSPI was up 3.06 points or 0.12 percent at 2,530.73. ** The won was quoted at 1,095.8 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.44 percent firmer than its previous close at 1,100.6. The currency, along with its Asian peers, gained amid a pullback in the dollar. ** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,094.82 per U.S. dollar, up 0.11 percent from the previous day, while in one-year non-deliverable forwards it was being transacted at 1,092.78 per dollar. ** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.7 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the previous session with mild gains. Japanese stocks rose 0.7 percent. ** The KOSPI is up around 24.7 percent so far this year, and up by 5.56 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 456,058,000 shares, and of the total traded issues of 874, the number of advancing shares was 302. ** Foreigners were net buyers of 56,078 million won worth of shares. ** The U.S dollar has fallen 9.24 percent against the won this year. The won’s high for the year is 1,093.1 per dollar on November 17 2017 and low is 1,211.8 on January 3 2017. ** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year treasury bonds rose 0.01 point to 107.95. ** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was quoted at 1.46 percent, unchanged from the previous close, while the benchmark 3-year Korean treasury bond yielded 2.154 percent, lower than the previous day’s 2.16 percent. (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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