May 4, 2018 / 1:53 AM / 9 months ago

S.Korea stocks edge lower, won holds steady

    * KOSPI index slips, foreigners sell 
    * Korean won barely moves versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea bond yields up

    SEOUL, May 4 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         edged down on Friday.
The Korean won held steady, while bond yields rose.
** At 0132 GMT, the KOSPI was down 12.73 points or 0.51 percent
at 2,474.52. The benchmark stock index was pulled down by
ongoing worries about trade tensions between the United States
and China.
** The won was quoted at 1,075.9 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.04 percent firmer than its
previous close at 1,076.3. 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,074.83
per U.S. dollar, down 0.03 percent from the previous day, while
in one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being
asked at 1,059.16 per dollar.
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was up 0.02 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the
previous session with mild losses.            
** The KOSPI is up around 0.8 percent so far this year, and
climbed 0.09 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 273,022,000 shares, and of the total traded issues
of 878, the number of advancing shares was 409.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 60,878 million won worth of
** The U.S dollar has risen 0.79 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         dropped 0.05 points to 107.56.
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 2.273 percent, higher than the previous
day's 2.25 percent.

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