March 20, 2018 / 1:25 AM / a year ago

S.Korea stocks slightly down, won holds steady

    * KOSPI index pares losses during early trade, foreigners
Korean won steady versus U.S. dollar
South Korea bond yields were up

    SEOUL, March 20 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         was a bit weaker
early on Tuesday. The Korean won barely moved in the local
platform while bond yields rose.
** As of 0109 GMT, the KOSPI was down 3.59 points or 0.15
percent at 2,471.44. The index pared losses after opening lower
affected by losses in Wall Street overnight. 
** The won was quoted at 1,072.1 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.05 percent weaker than its
previous close at 1,071.6. 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,071.3 per
U.S. dollar, up 0.11 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being
transacted at 1,059.05 per dollar.
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was down 0.19 percent, after U.S. stocks ended
the previous session with losses as tech shares sank on Facebook
           . Japanese stocks         weakened 0.91 percent. 
** The KOSPI is up around 0.3 percent so far this year, and up
by 3.56 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 104,627,000 shares, and of the total traded issues
of 877, the number of advancing shares was 309.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 80,136 million won worth of
** The U.S dollar has risen 0.46 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, March futures on three-year
treasury bonds         rose 0.01 points to 107.84.
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.65, while the benchmark 3-year Korean treasury bond
yielded 2.284 percent, higher than the previous day's 2.28

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