December 26, 2019 / 1:41 AM / a month ago

S.Korean stocks, won edge up on U.S.-China trade deal hopes

    * KOSPI gains slightly, foreigners net buyers
    * Korean won climbs versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea benchmark bond yield rises

    SEOUL, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares inched up in holiday-thinned trading on
Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump reiterated that a
Phase 1 trade deal with China will be signed soon. The Korean
won and the benchmark bond yield also rose.
** Trump said on Tuesday he and Chinese leader Xi Jinping will
have a signing ceremony to sign the first phase of the
U.S.-China trade deal agreed to this month.             

** The Seoul stock market's main KOSPI         rose 2.16 points,
or 0.10%, to 2,192.24, as of 0134 GMT. 
** Foreigners were net buyers of 8.8 billion won ($7.58 million)
worth of shares on the main board. 
** The won was quoted at 1,161.2 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.23% higher than its previous
close at 1,163.9.
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,161.1 per
U.S. dollar, down 0.1% from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
              was quoted at 1,159.1 per dollar.
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was up 0.07%, after U.S. stocks were closed for
holiday            . Japanese stocks         rose 0.45%.
** The KOSPI has risen 7.45% so far this year, and gained 2.3%
in the previous 30 trading sessions.
** The trading volume during the session in the KOSPI index
        was 187.59 million shares and, of the total traded
issues of 906, the number of advancing shares was 504.
** The won has lost 3.9% against the dollar so far this year.
** In money and debt markets, March futures on three-year
treasury bonds         fell 0.01 points to 110.52, while the
3-month Certificate of Deposit rate was quoted at 1.53%.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 0.3
basis points to 1.373%, while the benchmark 10-year yield rose
by 1.2 basis points to 1.643%.
($1 = 1,161.3000 won)

 (Reporting by Hayoung Choi; Editing by Aditya Soni)
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