December 7, 2018 / 2:50 AM / 6 months ago

S.Korea stocks rise after 3 days of falls, but caution prevails

    * KOSPI index rises, foreigners sell 
Korean won rises versus U.S. dollar
South Korea bond yields hold steady

    SEOUL, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         rose slightly early
on Friday after three straight sessions of falls, but the gains
could be short-lived amid heightened concerns about Sino-U.S.
relations and worries about global growth. The won rose while
bond yields held steady.
** At 02:20 GMT, the KOSPI was up 4.47 points, or 0.22 percent,
at 2,073.16. For the week, it has declined over 1 percent.
** "The rebound in U.S. stock prices in late Thursday session
provided some momentum to the local market, but investors
preferred to take a cautious stance as most global issues remain
in place," said Han Ji-young, an analyst with Cape Investment &
** The won was quoted at 1,118.2 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.19 percent firmer than its
previous close at 1,120.3. 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,117.8 per
U.S. dollar, down 0.01 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being
transacted at 1,097.3 per dollar. 
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was up 0.42 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the
previous session with mild losses            . Japanese stocks
        rose 0.14 percent. 
** The KOSPI is down around 16.2 percent so far this year, and
down by 0.26 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 180,878,000 shares and, of the total traded issues
of 890, the number of advancing shares was 421.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 3,203 million won worth of
** The U.S dollar has risen 4.82 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 1,146.26 on Oct. 11, 2018.
** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year
treasury bonds         fell 0.02 points to 109.16.
** The benchmark 3-year Korean treasury bond yielded 1.84
percent, unchanged from the previous day's 1.84 percent.

 (Reporting by Choonsik Yoo; Additional Reporting by Yuna Park;
Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)
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