January 7, 2019 / 1:46 AM / 5 months ago

S.Korean stocks rise on brisk U.S. job data, Fed chair's dovish comment

    * KOSPI index up 1.5 pct, foreigners buy
    * Korean won rises versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea bond yields up

    SEOUL, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         added over 1.5
percent on Monday as strong job data from the United States and
dovish comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell
revived risk appetite. The Korean won and bond yields also rose.
** At 01:25 GMT, the KOSPI was up 30.47 points, or 1.52 percent,
at 2,040.72.

** Shares exposed to North Korea jump after U.S. President
Donald Trump said the country is "negotiating a location" for a
second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.             
** The won was quoted at 1,118.9 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.5 percent firmer than  its
previous close at 1,124.5. 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,117.8 per
U.S. dollar, down 0.17 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being
transacted at 1,099 per dollar. 
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was up 0.91 percent, after U.S. stocks ended the
previous session with gains            . Japanese stocks        
rose 3.17 percent. 
** The KOSPI is down around 1.5 percent so far this year, and
down by 3.47 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 166,439,000 shares and, of the total traded issues
of 889, the number of advancing shares was 672.
** Foreigners were net buyers of 39,430 million won worth of
** The U.S dollar has risen 0.4 percent against the won this
year. The won's high for the year is 1,114.7 per dollar on
January 2 2019 and low is 1,130.05 on Jan. 3, 2019.
** In money and debt markets, March futures on three-year
treasury bonds         fell 0.06 points to 109.27.
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.86 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 1.812 percent, higher than the previous
day's 1.80 percent.

 (Reporting by Hayoung Choi; Editing by Rashmi Aich)
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