April 6, 2018 / 1:36 AM / 4 months ago

S.Korea stocks slip; Samsung Elec skids on profit-booking

    * KOSPI index down, foreigners sell 
    * Korean won hits 1-week low versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea bond yields were down

    SEOUL, April 6 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         weakened on Friday.
The Korean won slumped in the local platform, while bond yields
fell.
 
** At 01:04 GMT, the KOSPI was down 7.12 points, or 0.29
percent, at 2,430.40.
    
** Tech giant Samsung Electronics             tipped a surprise
record first-quarter profit on strong chip margins and the early
launch of its flagship Galaxy S9 smartphone. Shares of the
company, however, were down 1.4 percent as investors booked
profit after nearly 4 percent rise in the previous session.
 
** The won was quoted at 1,065.4 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.54 percent weaker than its
previous close at 1,059.7. 
 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,064.57
per U.S. dollar, down 0.28 percent from the previous day, while
in one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being
transacted at 1,049.65 per dollar.
 
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was down 0.26 percent, after U.S. stocks ended
the previous session with gains            . Japanese stocks
        weakened 0.2 percent. 
 
** The KOSPI is down around 1.2 percent so far this year, and up
by 0.32 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 147,154,000 shares, and of the total traded issues
of 880, the number of advancing shares was 282.
 
** Foreigners were net sellers of 130,290 million won worth of
shares.
 
** The U.S dollar has fallen 0.17 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, 2018.
 
** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year
treasury bonds         rose 0.04 points to 107.88.
 
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 2.166 percent, lower than the previous
day's 2.18 percent.

 (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)
  
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