April 4, 2019 / 2:50 AM / 7 months ago

S.Korea stocks edge higher on trade deal hopes; won loses

    * KOSPI index up, foreigners net buyers
    * Korean won steady versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea benchmark bond yield rises

    SEOUL, April 4 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         rose on Thursday amid
positive vibe on Sino-U.S. trade talks. The Korean won held
steady, while the benchmark bond yield rose.
** The Seoul stock market's main KOSPI rose 9.68 points, or 0.44
percent, to 2,212.95 points. 
** Trade talks between the United States and China made "good
headway" last week in Beijing and the two sides aim to bridge
differences during talks that could extend beyond three days
this week, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said.
** Foreigners were net buyers of 126.3 billion won worth of
shares on the main board. 
** The won was quoted at 1,134.3 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , steady from its previous close
at 1,134.3.
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,134.4 per
U.S. dollar, down 0.1 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
              was quoted at 1,133.9 per dollar.
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was down 0.06 percent, after U.S. stocks edged
higher            . Japanese stocks         rose 0.29 percent.
** The KOSPI has risen 8.42 percent so far this year, and fell
0.1 percent in the previous 30 trading sessions.
** 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 210.76 million shares and, of the total traded
issues of 896, the number of advancing shares was 426.
** The won has lost 1.6 percent against the U.S dollar this
** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year
treasury bonds         fell 0.04 points to 109.53.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 1.3
basis points to 1.733 percent, while the benchmark 10-year yield
rose by 0.7 basis points to 1.896 percent.

 (Reporting by Yuna Park; Editing by Rashmi Aich)
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