July 30, 2019 / 2:15 AM / 24 days ago

S.Korea stocks rebound as Fed comes into focus

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

    SEOUL, July 30 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets: 
South Korean shares on Tuesday rebounded from a sharp decline in
the previous session, but sentiment remained fragile amid
Japan's export curbs and ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy
meeting. The Korean won and the benchmark bond yield gained.
    
** The U.S. Fed will begin a two-day policy meeting later in the
day, at which it is widely expected to lower interest rates by
25 basis points. If implemented, it would be the central bank's
first rate cut in a decade. 
    
** External downside risks persist including Japan's export
curbs that would strain the markets throughout this week, said
Lee Won, analyst, Bookook Securities. If the Fed signals more
cuts, it may prompt worries over the U.S. economy that could add
pressure on financial markets, he noted. 
    
** Japan is preparing for cabinet approval as early as Friday to
remove South Korea from the so-called white list status with
minimum trade restrictions, Kyodo news agency reported last
week.             
        
** Shares of Dual Industrial             tumbled nearly 30%
after the auto parts maker dropped its bid to buy stake in SG
BKGroup, owner of South Korea's leading virtual currency
exchange Bithumb.             
    
** As of 0211 GMT, the Seoul stock market's main KOSPI index
        was up 9.06 points or 0.45% at 2,038.54 points. 
    
** South Korean shares shed nearly 2% on Monday as tensions with
Japan added more pressure on the export-dependent economy, which
has been already reeling from weak global demand.             
        
** Foreigners were net buyers of 83.7 billion won ($70.81
million) worth of shares on the main board. 
    
** The won was quoted at 1,182.7 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.07% higher than its previous
close at 1,183.5.
     
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,182.5 per
U.S. dollar, unchanged from the previous session, while in
non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
              was quoted at 1,180.8 per dollar.
        
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was up 0.29%, after U.S. stocks stepped back
from last week's record highs. Japanese stocks         rose
0.67%.            
    
** The KOSPI dropped 0.22% so far this year, and lost 2.9% in
the previous 30 trading sessions.
    
** The current price-to-earnings ratio is 12.10, the dividend
yield is 1.28% and the market capitalisation is 1,242.04
trillion won.
    
** The trading volume during the session in the KOSPI index
        was 296.62 million shares and, of the total traded
issues of 889, the number of advancing shares was 560.
    
** The won lost 5.7% against the U.S dollar so far this year.
    
** In money and debt markets, September futures on three-year
treasury bonds         rose 0.01 points to 110.83, while the
three-month Certificate of Deposit rate was quoted at 1.53%.
    
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 0.7
basis points to 1.312%, while the benchmark 10-year yield
climbed by 1.4 basis points to 1.422%.

    ($1 = 1,182.1000 won)

 (Reporting by Hayoung Choi, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
  
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