July 30, 2018 / 2:13 AM / 8 months ago

S.Korea stocks flat ahead of Fed meeting; won gains

    * KOSPI index flat, foreigners buy
    * Korean won edges up against U.S. dollar
    * South Korea bond yields up

    SEOUL, July 30 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         traded steady on
Monday ahead of key central bank meetings and U.S. inflation and
payrolls data. The U.S. Federal Reserve meets on Tuesday and
Wednesday and is widely expected to stand pat while reaffirming
its outlook for further gradual rate rises. The Korean won and
bond yields rose.
** At 01:56 GMT, the KOSPI was up 0.28 points, or 0.01 percent,
at 2,295.27.
** The won was quoted at 1,114.2 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.35 percent firmer than its
previous close at 1,118.1. 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,115.72
per U.S. dollar, down 0.1 percent from the previous day, while
in one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being
asked at 1,099.15 per dollar. 
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was down 0.12 percent, after U.S. stocks ended
the previous session with losses on weak earnings reports from
major technology companies            . Japanese stocks        
weakened 0.45 percent. 
** The KOSPI is down around 7.0 percent so far this year, and
down by 4.54 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 94,592,000 shares and, of the total traded issues of
887, the number of advancing shares was 407.
** Foreigners were net buyers of 36,354 million won worth of
** The U.S dollar has risen 4.65 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 1,140.4 on July 19, 2018.
** In money and debt markets, September futures on three-year
treasury bonds         fell 0.05 points to 108.02.
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 2.129 percent, higher than the previous
day's 2.11 percent.

 (Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)
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