September 20, 2019 / 1:59 AM / a month ago

S.Korea stocks, won steady as investors eye U.S.-China trade talks

    * KOSPI little changed, foreigners net buyers
    * Korean won steady versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea benchmark bond yield rises

    SEOUL, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:
** South Korean shares were little changed on Friday as
investors awaited further information on trade talks between the
United States and China. The Korean won held steady as well,
while the benchmark bond yield rose.
** U.S. and Chinese deputy trade negotiators resumed
face-to-face talks for the first time in nearly two months on
Thursday, as the world's two largest economies try to bridge
deep policy differences and find a way out of their protracted
trade war.             
** The benchmark KOSPI index         was up 0.43 points, or
0.02%, to 2,080.78, as of 0149 GMT. The index was set for a
weekly gain of about 1.5%.
** Foreigners were net buyers of 52.4 billion won ($43.91
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** The won was quoted at 1,193.6 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , steady from its previous close
at 1,193.6.
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,193.3 per
U.S. dollar, up 0.1% from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
              was quoted at 1,191.9 per dollar.
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was up 0.20%, after U.S. stocks were mixed
           . Japanese stocks         rose 0.69%.
** The KOSPI has risen 1.96% so far this year, and gained 6.9%
in the previous 30 trading sessions.
** The trading volume during the session in the KOSPI index
        was 206.29 million shares and, of the total traded
issues of 892, the number of advancing shares was 367.
** The won has lost 6.5% against the U.S dollar so far this
** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year
treasury bonds         fell 0.01 points to 110.70, while the
3-month Certificate of Deposit rate was quoted at 1.55%.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 0.7
basis points to 1.336%, while the benchmark 10-year yield rose
by 0.3 basis points to 1.465%.
($1 = 1,193.3000 won)

 (Reporting by Hayoung Choi; Editing by Aditya Soni)
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