March 26, 2018 / 2:12 AM / a month ago

S.Korea stocks rebound, won steady; steel shares jump

    * KOSPI index reverses earlier losses, individual investors
buy 
    * Korean won steady versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea bond yields were up

    SEOUL, March 26 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         shed earlier losses
on Monday. The Korean won barely moved, while bond yields rose.
 
** At 0147 GMT, the KOSPI was up 3.50 points or 0.14 percent at
2,420.26. The benchmark index turned to positive territory as
market heavyweight Samsung Electronics             and SK Hynix
            made a rebound, after dropping nearly 2 percent in
earlier trade.

** Steelmakers are giving support as they rose ahead of a
possible trade deal between Seoul and Washington. Dongbu Steel
shares             surged as much as 21.8 percent and Husteel
shares             jumped 7.3 percent, while Seah Steel
            rose 5.5 percent. The sub-index for iron, steel, and
metal shares         was up 2.2 percent.             
 
** The won was quoted at 1,081.6 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.06 percent firmer than its
previous close at 1,082.2. 
 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,081.3 per
U.S. dollar, up 0.14 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forwards            , it was being
transacted at 1,065.95 per dollar.
 
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was down 0.3 percent after U.S. stocks ended the
previous session with losses            . Japanese stocks
        weakened 0.95 percent. 
 
** The KOSPI is down around 2.1 percent so far this year, and
down by 1.49 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 145,764,000 shares, and of the total traded issues
of 883, the number of advancing shares was 403.
 
** Foreigners were net sellers of 85,333 million won worth of
shares.
 
** The U.S dollar has risen 1.4 percent against the won this
year. The won's high for the year is 1,056.67 per dollar on Jan.
14, 2018, and low is 1,098.4 on Feb. 6, 2018.
 
** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year
treasury bonds         rose 0.01 points to 107.66.
 
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 2.227 percent, higher than the previous
day's 2.22 percent.

 (Reporting by Dahee Kim, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
  
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