February 26, 2019 / 2:27 AM / 7 months ago

S.Korea stocks flat as investors await trade-talk progress; won gains

    * KOSPI index edges down, foreigners net buyers
    * Korean won strengthens versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea benchmark bond yield falls

    SEOUL, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         remained flat on
Tuesday as investors await further progress on the U.S.-China
trade talks. The Korean won strengthened, while the benchmark
bond yield fell.
** The Seoul stock market's main index fell 2.05 points, or 0.09
percent, to 2,230.51.
** Foreigners were net buyers of 15.4 billion won ($13.8
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** The won was quoted at 1,118.5 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.22 percent higher than its
previous close at 1,121.0.
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,118.3 per
U.S. dollar, down 0.3 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
              was quoted at 1,117.0 per dollar.
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was down 0.29 percent, after Wall Street's three
major indexes ended higher on Monday            . Japanese
stocks         rose 0.02 percent.
** The KOSPI has risen 9.28 percent so far this year, and rose
8.1 percent in the previous 30 trading sessions.
** 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 164.73 million shares and, of the total traded
issues of 894, the number of advancing shares was 410.
** The won has lost 0.3 percent against the U.S. dollar this
** In money and debt markets, March futures on three-year
treasury bonds         rose 0.05 points to 109.22, while the
3-month Certificate of Deposit rate was quoted at 1.89 percent.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by 0.6
basis points to 1.813 percent, while the benchmark 10-year yield
fell by 1.2 basis points to 1.999 percent.

 (Reporting by Cynthia Kim; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)
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