September 11, 2018 / 2:06 AM / 12 days ago

S.Korea stocks hold steady, won falls

    * KOSPI index steadies, foreigners sell
    * Korean won weakens versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korean bond yields down

    SEOUL, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         held steady on
Tuesday as investors brace for a potential escalation of
Sino-U.S. trade row. The Korean won weakened while bond yields
fell.
 
** At 01:18 GMT, the KOSPI was up 2.17 points or 0.09 percent at
2,290.83.

** Shares exposed to North Korea rose in earlier trading session
as nuclear talks revive between the United States and two
Koreas.             
 
** The won was quoted at 1,129.5 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.1 percent weaker than its
previous close at 1,128.4. 
 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,129.1 per
U.S. dollar, down 0.04 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being
transacted at 1,111.68 per dollar. 
 
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                dropped 1.2 pct as of 0200 GMT, after U.S.
stocks ended the previous session with mild gains            .
Japanese stocks         rose 0.93 percent. 
 
** The KOSPI is down around 7.2 percent so far this year, and up
by 0.28 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 136,399,000 shares and, of the total traded issues
of 887, the number of advancing shares was 440.
 
** Foreigners were net sellers of 41,025 million won worth of
shares.
 
** The U.S. dollar has risen 5.88 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 0.02 points to 108.93.
 
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 1.917 percent, lower than the previous
day's 1.92 percent.

 (Reporting by Hayoung Choi; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)
  
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