S.Korea shares little changed amid holiday-thin trade

* KOSPI index flat, foreigners net sellers
* Korean won drops versus U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises

SEOUL, April 22 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:

** South Korea's KOSPI stock index was muted on Monday
in holiday-thin trade. The Korean won slipped on tepid trade
data, while the benchmark bond yield rose.

** As of 0211 GMT, the Seoul stock market's main KOSPI rose 2.25
points or 0.10 percent to 2,218.40 points.

** Supply and demand was neutral in the local market after Good
Friday holiday in major financial markets, including the Wall
Street, said Noh Dong-kil, an analyst from Shinhan Investment.

** Foreigners were net sellers of just 14.5 billion won worth of
shares on the main board.

** The won quoted at 1,139.8 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform , 0.25 percent lower than its
previous close at 1,136.9.

** South Korean exports for first 20 days of April shrank 8.7
percent from a year earlier, while imports contracted 1.2
percent during the same period, sending its currency lower.

** In offshore trading, the won quoted at 1,139.8 per
U.S. dollar, down 0.4 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
quoted at 1,138.1 per dollar.

** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
was unchanged, after U.S. stocks were closed for
Good Friday holiday . Japanese stocks fell
0.04 percent.

** The KOSPI has risen 8.65 percent so far this year, and rose
3.7 percent in the previous 30 trading sessions.

** 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.

** Trading volume during the session on the KOSPI index
was 216.24 million shares and, of the total traded issues of
893, the number of advancing shares was 457.

** The won lost 2.1 percent against the U.S dollar this year.

** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year
treasury bonds fell 0.03 points to 109.37, while the
3-month Certificate of Deposit rate was quoted at 1.86 percent.

** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 1.4
basis points to 1.769 percent, while the benchmark 10-year yield
rose by 2.5 basis points to 1.924 percent.

(Reporting by Hayoung Choi; Editing by Uttaresh.V)

2019-04-22 04:16:32

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