October 26, 2018 / 2:26 AM / 9 months ago

S.Korea stocks fall about 1.5 pct as foreigners sell

    * KOSPI index down for 4th session
    * Korean won slips versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea bond yields lower

    SEOUL, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         fell nearly 1.5
percent on Friday and was headed for a fourth straight session
of declines due to foreign investor selling. The Korean won
inched lower against the U.S. dollar, while bond yields fell.
** At 02:16 GMT, the KOSPI was down 28.85 points or 1.40 percent
at 2,034.45, despite gains on Wall Street overnight. The index
was down 5.5 percent for the week in what could be its fourth
straight weekly drop.
** Sell-offs by local institutions have eased but foreigners are
keep selling, said Lee Won, an analyst with BooKook Securities,
adding South Korean markets were under pressure from a host of
factors including global uncertainties and the won's

** Foreigners were net sellers of 143,784 million won worth of
shares on Friday. 
** The won was quoted at 1,138.5 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.04 percent weaker than its
previous close at 1,138. 
** The U.S dollar has risen 6.81 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 1,146.26 on Oct. 11, 2018.
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,138.94
per U.S. dollar, down 0.23 percent from the previous day, while
in one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being
transacted at 1,119.65 per dollar. 
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was down 0.31 percent, after U.S. stocks ended
the previous session with gains            . Japanese stocks
        rose 0.03 percent. 
** The KOSPI is down around 16.4 percent so far this year, and
down by 9.81 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 175,201,000 shares and, of the total traded issues
of 891, the number of advancing shares was 206.
** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year
treasury bonds         rose 0.01 points to 108.65.

** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.7 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 1.977 percent, lower than the previous
day's 1.98 percent.

 (Reporting by Hayoung Choi; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)
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