May 15, 2018 / 1:55 AM / 9 months ago

S.Korea stocks falls on foreign selling, won down on dollar strength

    * KOSPI index down, foreign investors sell 
    * Korean won falls versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea bond yields slip

    SEOUL, May 15 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         weakened on Tuesday,
following a tepid Wall Street performance overnight, while the
greenback's broad strength weighed on the Korean won in onshore
trading, and bond yields fell. 
** At 01:34 GMT, the KOSPI was down 5.60 points or 0.23 percent
at 2,470.51, with the index's kingpin Samsung Electronics
            declining 1 percent, its third session of losses,
while LG Electronics             dropped 2 percent. 
** The won was quoted at 1,070.6 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.24 percent weaker than its
previous close at 1,068. 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,071 per
U.S. dollar, down 0.08 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being
transacted at 1,054.25 per dollar.
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was down 0.36 percent, after U.S. stocks ended
the previous session with mild gains. Japanese stocks        
rose 0.11 percent.                      
** The KOSPI is up around 0.3 percent so far this year, and has
risen 1.63 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 307,297,000 shares and, of the total traded issues
of 884, the number of advancing shares was 373.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 51,576 million won worth of
** The U.S dollar has risen 0.43 percent against the won this
year. The won's high for the year is 1,053.55 per dollar on
April 2 and the low is 1,098.4 on Feb. 6.
** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year
treasury bonds         rose 0.02 points to 107.49.
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.65 percent compared with a previous close of 1.65
percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean treasury bond yielded
2.301 percent, lower than the previous day's 2.31 percent.

 (Reporting by Cynthia Kim; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)
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