March 12, 2018 / 1:31 AM / 5 months ago

S.Korea stocks, won climb to multi-week highs on increased risk appetite

    * KOSPI up 1 pct at 5-week high, foreigner investors buy
    * Korean won highest in 6 weeks versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea bond yields rise

    SEOUL, March 12 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:
    
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         rose to a five-week 
high on Monday, while the Korean won            hit a six-week
high as risk appetite returned after political tensions over the
Korean peninsula eased. Strong gains on Wall Street also
supported sentiment.     
 
** At 0109 GMT, the KOSPI was up 22.45 points or 0.91 percent at
2,481.90. It was the highest intraday level since Feb. 5.
 
** The won was quoted at 1,064.5 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , which was the strongest intraday
level since Jan. 29 and 0.5 percent firmer than its previous
close at 1,069.8.
 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,064.21
per U.S. dollar, up 0.01 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being
transacted at 1,053.95 per dollar.
 
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was up 0.54 percent, after U.S. stocks gained in
 the previous session. Japanese stocks         rose 2.09
percent.                  
 
** The KOSPI is down around 0.3 percent so far this year, but
has risen 3.04 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 127,045,000 shares,
and of the total traded issues of 883, the number of advancing
shares was 594.
 
** Foreigner investors net bought 41,073 million won worth of
shares.
 
** The U.S dollar has fallen 0.2 percent against the won this
year. The won's high for the year was 1,056.67 per dollar on
Jan. 14 and low was 1,098.4 on Feb. 6.
 
** In money and debt markets, March futures on three-year
treasury bonds         rose 0.01 points to 107.69.
 
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 2.303 percent, higher than the previous
day's 2.29 percent.

 (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)
  
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