August 21, 2018 / 1:54 AM / 8 months ago

S.Korea stocks, won rise on Trump comments over Fed rate hike

    * KOSPI index rises, foreigners sell
    * Korean won rises versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea bond yields down

    SEOUL, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         and the won gained on
Tuesday after President Trump, in an interview with Reuters, on
Monday said he was "not thrilled" with the Federal Reserve
raising interest rates, and that China was manipulating the yuan
to make up for having to pay tariffs on imports imposed by the
** At 01:29 GMT, the KOSPI was up 7.74 points or 0.34 percent at
** The won was quoted at 1,117.8 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.47 percent firmer than its
previous close at 1,123.1. 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,118 per
U.S. dollar, down 0.07 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being
transacted at 1,100.7 per dollar. 
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was up 0.23 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the
previous session with mild gains            . Japanese stocks
        weakened 0.2 percent. 
** The KOSPI is down around 8.9 percent so far this year, and
down by 1.10 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 105,131,000 shares and, of the total 893 traded
issues, the number of advancing shares was 462.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 39,826 million won worth of
** The U.S dollar has risen 4.84 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         rose 0.03 points to 108.65.
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 1.975 percent, lower than the previous
day's 1.99 percent.

 (Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Sunil Nair)
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