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Seoul: Stocks edge higher, won weakens


[SEOUL] South Korea's Kospi stock index rose on Monday. The Korean won fell in the local platform while bond yields were unchanged.

At 01.11 GMT, the Kospi was up 6.28 points or 0.25 per cent at 2,481.69. The won was quoted at 1,087.9 per US dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.14 per cent weaker than its previous close at 1,086.4.

In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,087.5 per US dollar, down 0.46 per cent from the previous day, while in one-year non-deliverable forwards it was being transacted at 1,082.9 per US dollar.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.06 per cent, after US stocks ended the previous session with mild losses. Japanese stocks weakened 0.17 per cent.

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The Kospi is up around 22.2 per cent so far this year, and down by 0.57 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 99,370,000 shares, and of the total traded issues of 867, the number of advancing shares was 362.

Foreigners were net sellers of 23,461 million won worth of shares.

The US dollar has risen 9.84 per cent against the won this year. The won's high for the year is 1,075.71 per US dollar on Nov 29 2017 and low is 1,211.8 on Jan 3 2017.

In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year treasury bonds fell 0.01 points to 108.25.

The Korean three-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was quoted at 1.66 per cent compared with a previous close of 1.64 per cent, while the benchmark three-year Korean treasury bond yielded 2.086 per cent, barely changed from the previous day's 2.09 per cent.