September 13, 2018 / 1:57 AM / in 7 months

S.Korea stocks, won climb on fresh Sino-U.S. trade talk hopes

    * KOSPI index rises, foreigners sell
    * Korean won gains against U.S. dollar
    * South Korea bond yields up

    SEOUL, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         and the Korean won
both strengthened on Thursday after the Trump administration
reached out to China for a new round of trade talks, raising
hopes that a deal could be struck between both the economies. 
** At 0133 GMT, the KOSPI was up 7.27 points or 0.32 percent at
2,290.19, snapping two sessions of declines.
** The won was quoted at 1,118.7 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.88 percent firmer than its
previous close at 1,128.6.
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,118.2 per
U.S. dollar, up 0.09 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being
transacted at 1,100.85 per dollar. 
** The Trump administration has invited Chinese officials to
restart trade talks, the White House's top economic adviser said
on Wednesday, as Washington prepares to escalate the U.S.-China
trade war with tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.  
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was up 0.94 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the
previous session with mild gains            . Japanese stocks
        rose 1.07 percent. 
** The KOSPI is down around 7.5 percent so far this year, and up
0.54 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 98,379,000 shares and, of the total traded issues of
890, the number of advancing shares was 443.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 112,824 million won worth of
** The U.S dollar climbed 4.86 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 1,140.4 on July 19, 2018.
** In money and debt markets, September futures on three-year
treasury bonds         fell 0.01 points to 108.99.
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 1.895 percent, higher than the previous
day's 1.89 percent.

 (Reporting by Joori Roh, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
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