March 14, 2018 / 2:04 AM / 4 days ago

S.Korea stocks slump after 4-day gaining streak; won slips

    * KOSPI index slips on profit-taking, foreign investors sell
    * Korean won slightly weaker versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea bond yields down

    SEOUL, March 14 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         weakened on
Wednesday, and was set to snap a four-day gaining streak, as
foreign and institutional investors offloaded local equities to
take profits. The Korean won moved in a narrow range on the
local platform, while bond yields fell.
** At 01:45 GMT, the KOSPI was down 15.95 points or 0.64 percent
at 2,478.54.  
** The won was quoted at 1,068.4 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.08 percent weaker than its
previous close at 1,067.5. 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,067 per
U.S. dollar, down 0.12 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being
transacted at 1,055.55 per dollar.
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was down 0.69 percent, after U.S. stocks ended
the previous session with losses. Japanese stocks        
weakened 0.79 percent.                      
** The KOSPI is up around 1.1 percent so far this year, and has
risen 2.64 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 was 139,994,000 shares,
and of the total traded issues of 881, the number of advancing
shares was 232.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 71,934 million won worth of
** The U.S dollar has risen 0.06 percent against the won this
year. The won's high for the year is 1,056.67 per dollar on Jan.
14 and the low is 1,098.4 on Feb. 6.
** In money and debt markets, March futures on three-year
treasury bonds         rose 0.07 points to 107.77.
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 2.283 percent, lower than the previous
day's 2.30 percent.

 (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)
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