April 26, 2018 / 1:31 AM / a year ago

S.Korea stocks rise on tech rally; won steady

    * KOSPI index up more than 1 pct, foreign investors buy 
    * Korean won barely moves versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea bond yields down

    SEOUL, April 26 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         rose more than 1
percent on Thursday, while the Korean won held steady on the
local platform and bond yields fell.
** At 01:18 GMT, the KOSPI was up 26.59 points or 1.09 percent
at 2,475.40.
** The benchmark stock index was largely supported by tech
shares, which rose after Samsung Electronics             posted
a record quarterly profit. Shares of Samsung Electronics rose 2
percent, while SK Hynix             and LG Electronics
            gained 4.1 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively.

** Upbeat economic growth for the first quarter also aided
market sentiment. South Korea's economy grew 1.1 percent last
quarter, buoyed by healthy exports and a boost from government
spending, while private consumption growth remained sluggish.
** The won was quoted at 1,079.6 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.09 percent firmer than its
previous close at 1,080.6. 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,080.3 per
U.S. dollar, up 0.08 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being
transacted at 1,063.45 per dollar.
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was up 0.23 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the
previous session with mild gains. Japanese stocks         rose
0.64 percent.                 
** The KOSPI is down around 0.8 percent so far this year, and up
by 1.50 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 154,261,000 shares and, of the total traded issues
of 879, the number of advancing shares was 547.
** Foreigners were net buyers of 47,457 million won worth of
** The U.S dollar has risen 1.3 percent against the won this
year. The won's high for the year is 1,053.55 per dollar on
April 2 and low is 1,098.4 on Feb. 6.
** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year
treasury bonds         rose 0.05 points to 107.63.
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 2.238 percent, lower than the previous
day's 2.25 percent.

 (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)
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