April 9, 2018 / 1:46 AM / 10 months ago

S.Korea stocks firm on local institutions' purchases; won rises

    * KOSPI index edges higher, foreigners sell
    * Korean won firms against U.S. dollar
    * South Korean bond yields also rise

    SEOUL, April 9 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         and won edged higher
on Monday, while bond yields also rose.
** At 01:18 GMT, the KOSPI was up 9.78 points or 0.40 percent at
2,439.36. The benchmark index fell early in the session as Wall
Street slumped on Friday on heightened fears of a U.S.-China
trade war, but recovered on stock purchases by local
institutions and individual investors. 
** The won was quoted at 1,067.8 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.17 percent firmer than its
previous close at 1,069.6. 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,067.9 per
U.S. dollar, up 0.17 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forwards             it fetched
1,053.25 per dollar.
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was up 0.18 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the
previous session in losses            . Japanese stocks        
rose 0.14 percent. 
** The KOSPI is down about 1.5 percent so far this year, and up
0.63 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 124,120,000 shares, and of the total traded issues
of 882, the number of advancing shares was 304.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 15,061 million won worth of
** The U.S. dollar has risen 0.14 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 February 6 2018.
** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year
treasury bonds         fell 0.03 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 2.184 percent, higher than the previous
day's 2.16 percent.

 (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)
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