April 19, 2018 / 1:22 AM / 5 months ago

S.Korean stocks hover near 4-week high, won firms

    * KOSPI index inches higher, foreigners buy 
Korean won strengthens versus U.S. dollar
South Korean bond yields also climb

    SEOUL, April 19 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         crept higher on
Thursday, hovering near a four-week high hit in the previous
session, when it jumped more than 1 percent. The Korean won and
bond yields also rose.
 
** At 01:04 GMT, the KOSPI was up 3.90 points or 0.16 percent at
2,483.88.
 
** The won was quoted at 1,066.8 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.18 percent firmer than its
previous close at 1,068.7. 
 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,066.4 per
U.S. dollar, down 0.21 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forwards             it fetched
1,049.95 per dollar.
 
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was up 0.28 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the
previous session with mild gains            . Japanese stocks
        rose 0.79 percent. 
 
** The KOSPI is up around 0.5 percent so far this year, and down
by 3.25 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 262,809,000 shares, and of the total traded issues
of 879, the number of advancing shares was 363.
 
** Foreigners were net buyers of 26,347 million won worth of
shares.
 
** The U.S. dollar has fallen 0.02 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 1,098.4 on February 6 2018.
 
** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year
treasury bonds         fell 0.05 points to 107.76.
 
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 2.207 percent, higher than the previous
day's 2.20 percent.

 (Reporting by Dahee Kim; Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)
  
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