March 13, 2018 / 2:03 AM / in 7 months

S.Korea stocks, won calm; major tech shares shine

    * KOSPI index holds steady, foreigners buy 
    * Korean won flat versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea bond yields were down

    SEOUL, March 13 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         barely moved on March
13, 2018. The Korean won was tentative on the local platform
while bond yields fell.
 
** At 01:42 GMT, the KOSPI was up 2.28 points or 0.09 percent at
2,486.40.
** Major tech shares like SK Hynix             and Samsung
Electronics             were set to post large gains following
gains in their U.S. counterparts overnight with upbeat chip
outlook lending additional support. SK Hynix hit a five-month
high in early trade.
 
** The won was quoted at 1,065.5 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.03 percent weaker than its
previous close at 1,065.2. 
 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,064.83
per U.S. dollar, down 0.08 percent from the previous day, while
in one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being
transacted at 1,053.8 per dollar.
 
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was up 0.11 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the
previous session with losses            . Japanese stocks
        weakened 0.11 percent. 
 
** The KOSPI is up around 0.7 percent so far this year, and up
by 2.12 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 155,953,000 shares, and of the 833 traded issues the
number of advancing shares was 255.
 
** Foreigners were net buyers of 211,737 million won worth of
shares.
 
** The U.S dollar has fallen 0.14 percent against the won this
year. The won's high for the year is 1,056.67 per dollar on
January 14, 2018 and low is 1,098.4 on February 6, 2018.
 
** In money and debt markets, March futures on three-year
treasury bonds         rose 0.03 points to 107.72.
 
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 2.294 percent, lower than the previous
day's 2.31 percent.

 (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Sunil Nair)
  
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