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South Korea: Stocks, won down as investors lose risk-appetite

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[SEOUL] South Korea's Kospi stock index and Korean won both lost ground on Thursday as investors turned away from riskier assets after the Federal Reserve's latest meeting minutes suggested faster-than-expected rate hikes. The bond yields rose.

At 01.03 GMT, the KOSPI was down 9.51 points or 0.42 per cent at 2,420.42.

The won was quoted at 1,082 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform , 0.54 per cent weaker than its previous close at 1,076.2. It was the lowest intraday level in more than a week.

In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,081.6 per US dollar, down 0.61 per cent from the previous day, while in one-year non-deliverable forwards it was being transacted at 1,070.05 per dollar.

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MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.41 per cent, after US stocks ended the previous session with losses . Japanese stocks weakened 1.2 per cent.

The Kospi is down around 1.5 per cent so far this year, and down by 3.33 per cent in the previous 30 days.

The current price-to-earnings ratio is 12.10, the dividend yield is 1.28 per cent and the market capitalisation is 1,242.04 trillion won.

The trading volume during the session on the Kospi index was 108,839,000 shares, and of the total traded issues of 872, the number of advancing shares was 274.

Foreigners were net sellers of 43,463 million won worth of shares.

The US dollar has risen 1.39 per cent against the won this year. The won's high for the year is 1,056.67 per dollar on January 14 2018 and low is 1,098.4 on February 6 2018.

In money and debt markets, March futures on three-year treasury bonds fell 0.04 points to 107.52.

The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was quoted at 1.65 per cent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean treasury bond yielded 2.325 per cent, higher than the previous day's 2.31 per cent.

REUTERS

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