November 1, 2018 / 1:55 AM / 18 days ago

S.Korea stocks rise on Wall Street gains, reduced global worries

    * KOSPI index rises, foreigners buy
    * Korean won steady vs U.S. dollar
    * South Korea bond yields up

    SEOUL, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
markets:
    
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         rose on Thursday,
shrugging off global concerns, as it tracked Wall Street gains
amid upbeat corporate earnings. The Korean won was steady, while
bond yields rose.
    
    ** The Times of London reported that British Prime Minister
Theresa May has struck Brexit deal with Brussels on financial
services.             
    
    ** U.S. President Donald Trump has not "set in stone" any
decisions on escalating tariffs on Chinese goods and may
withdraw some duties if there are promising policy discussions
with China, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on
Wednesday.             

    ** South Korea's October exports rise 22.7 percent from a
year earlier, which is above the median forecasts of 17.0
percent from a survey of 15 economists. It was the sharpest gain
in exports since September last year, when exports jumped 34.9
percent on-year.             
  
** At 01:34 GMT, the KOSPI was up 16.68 points, or 0.82 percent,
at 2,046.37, extending gains to a third day.
 
** The won was quoted at 1,139.4 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.02 percent firmer than its
previous close at 1,139.6. 
 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,139.1 per
U.S. dollar, up 0.17 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being asked
at 1,119.4 per dollar. 
 
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was up 0.87 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the
previous session with gains            . Japanese stocks        
weakened 0.43 percent. 
 
** The KOSPI is down around 17.7 percent so far this year, and
down by 11.09 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 127,072,000 shares and, of the total traded issues
of 893, the number of advancing shares was 693.
 
** Foreigners were net buyers of 111,020 million won worth of
shares.
 
** The U.S dollar has risen 6.82 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 1,146.26 on Oct. 11.
 
** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year
treasury bonds         fell 0.08 points to 108.64.
 
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.7 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 1.968 percent, higher than the previous
day's 1.94 percent.

 (Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Rashmi Aich)
  
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