May 24, 2018 / 2:04 AM / a month ago

S.Korea stocks edge down, won flat; BOK holds rate as expected

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

    SEOUL, May 24 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         weakened on Thursday.
The Korean won held flat to the U.S. dollar in the local
platform, while bond yields fell.
** The Bank of Korea held interest rates steady for a sixth
straight month on Thursday, with inflation seen remaining below
target and trade frictions between the United States and China
raising fears of collateral damage to other export-reliant Asian
** At 0147 GMT, the KOSPI was down 11.25 points or 0.46 percent
at 2,460.66.
** Shares of Hyundai Motor Group declined after U.S. President
Donald Trump said he is considering to impose tariff on auto
imports. Kia Motors Corp             tumbled as much as 3.7 pct
to its lowest since April 30. Hyundai Motor Co             and
Hyundai Mobis Co Ltd             were down 2 pct and 2.2 pct,
** The won was quoted at 1,080.6 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.01 percent firmer than its
previous close at 1,080.7. 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,081.37
per U.S. dollar, down 0.48 percent from the previous day, while
in one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being
asked at 1,065.05 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 1.26 percent. 
** The KOSPI climbed around 0.2 percent so far this year, and
dropped 1.74 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 313,902,000 shares, and of the total traded issues
of 883, the number of advancing shares was 258.
** Foreigners were net buyers of 12,418 million won worth of
** The U.S dollar has risen 1.41 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         rose 0.12 points to 107.87.
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 2.189 percent, lower than the previous
session's 2.24 percent.

 (Reporting by Dahee Kim, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
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