S.Korean stocks close flat in holiday-thin trade

* KOSPI index steady, foreigners net sellers

* Korean won weakens versus U.S. dollar

* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises

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

** South Korea's KOSPI stock index barely moved on Monday in holiday-thin trade, as foreigners and institutions' net selling nearly offset individuals' buying. The Korean won weakened while the benchmark bond yield rose. ** Seoul stock market's main KOSPI ended up 0.50 points or 0.02 percent to 2,216.65 points. ** Foreigners were net sellers of 13.6 billion won ($11.91 million) worth of shares on the main board, while institutions were net sellers of 50.3 billion won worth of stocks. Individuals were net buyer of 70.3 billion won worth of shares.

** The won quoted at 1,141.5 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.40 percent lower than its previous close at 1,136.9.

** In offshore trading, the won quoted at 1,141.6 per U.S. dollar, down 0.5 percent from the previous day, while in one-year non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract quoted at 1,140.4 per dollar.

** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.24 percent, after U.S. stocks markets were closed for holiday. Japanese stocks rose 0.08 percent.

** The KOSPI has risen 8.60 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.

** The trading volume during the session was 487.91 million shares and, of the total traded issues of 894, the number of advancing shares was 414.

** The won has lost 2.3 percent against the U.S dollar this year.

** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year treasury bonds fell 0.05 points to 109.35, while the 3-month Certificate of Deposit rate was quoted at 1.85 percent.

** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 1.8 basis points to 1.773 percent, while the benchmark 10-year yield rose by 3.6 basis points to 1.935 percent. ($1 = 1,141.8100 won) (Reporting by Hayoung Choi; Editing by Uttaresh.V)

2019-04-22 09:28:01

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