January 17, 2019 / 2:11 AM / a year ago

S.Korea stocks edge higher amid persisting risks, won inches lower

    * KOSPI index steady, foreigners buy
    * Korean won falls versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea bond yields steady

    SEOUL, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         was steady in early
trading on Thursday without no fresh risks, while Brexit
uncertainties and Sino-U.S. trade spat still dampening the
market. The Korean won fell modestly, while bond yields were
** At 02:05 GMT, the KOSPI was up 0.86 points, or 0.04 percent
at 2,106.96.
** Shares of South Korean publisher Samsung Publishing
            surge after local media reported its affiliate
SmartStudy, which created the viral song "Baby Shark," is
preparing for IPO.             
** The won was quoted at 1,120.7 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.05 percent weaker than its
previous close at 1,120.1. 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,120.9 per
U.S. dollar, down 0.1 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being
transacted at 1,102.7 per dollar. 
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was down 0.19 percent, after U.S. stocks ended
the previous session with mild gains            . Japanese
stocks         weakened 0.32 percent. 
** The KOSPI is up around 3.2 percent so far this year, and up
by 0.44 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 206,010,000 shares and, of the total traded issues
of 894, the number of advancing shares was 320.
** Foreigners were net buyers of 138,694 million won worth of
** The U.S dollar has risen 0.68 percent against the won this
year. The won's high for the year is 1,113.81 per dollar on
January 11 2019 and low is 1,130.05 on Jan. 3, 2019.
** In money and debt markets, March futures on three-year
treasury bonds         fell 0.03 points to 109.26.
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.86 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 1.805 percent, barely changed from the
previous day's 1.81 percent.

 (Reporting by Hayoung Choi; Editing by Rashmi Aich)
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