May 11, 2018 / 2:16 AM / 2 months ago

S.Korea stocks rise, won edges up on soft U.S. inflation

    * KOSPI index gains, foreigners buy 
    * Korean won stronger versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea bond yields down

    SEOUL, May 11 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         rose on Friday, while
the Korean won gained against the dollar on local platform as
the greenback retreated on weaker-than-expected U.S. inflation.
** At 0153 GMT, the KOSPI was up 14.34 points or 0.58 percent at
** South Korea's budget airline Jin Air Co Ltd             rose
as much as 9.3 pct, a record intraday percentage gain, after
co-CEO Cho Yang-ho stepped down in the wake of recent
allegations of bad behaviour by his daughter.             
** The won was quoted at 1,067.5 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.52 percent firmer than its
previous close at 1,073.1. 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,069.2 per
U.S. dollar, down 0.42 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being asked
at 1,052.65 per dollar.
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was up 0.71 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the
previous session with mild gains            . Japanese stocks
        rose 0.78 percent. 
** The KOSPI is down around 0.1 percent so far this year, and
climbed 0.49 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 225,999,000 shares, and of the total traded issues
of 885, the number of advancing shares was 528.
** Foreigners were net buyers of 119,737 million won worth of
** The U.S dollar rose 0.27 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 1,098.4 on Feb. 6 this year.
** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year
treasury bonds         rose 0.03 points to 107.58.
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 2.272 percent, lower than the previous
day's 2.28 percent.

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