July 4, 2019 / 2:17 AM / 4 months ago

S.Korea stocks steady; weak pharmaceutical shares cap gains

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

    SEOUL, July 4 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         was flat on Thursday,
as a sharp fall in pharmaceutical shares offset rising investor
optimism over an interest rate cut by the U.S. Federal Reserve.
The Korean won and the benchmark bond yield rose.
** Recent data from multiple sectors pointed to slowing economic
growth in the United States, bolstering the prospect of rate
cuts by the Federal Reserve.             
** The U.S. trade deficit jumped in May and trade tensions
between the United States and China helped drive activity in the
services sector to a two-year low in June, further signs that
economic growth slowed sharply in the second quarter.
** New orders for U.S.-made goods fell for a second straight
month May while shipments barely rose, pointing to continued
weakness in manufacturing.             
** As of 0204 GMT, the Seoul stock market's main KOSPI fell 0.39
points, or 0.02%, to 2,095.63.
** South Korea's Hanmi Pharm Co Ltd             and Hanmi
Science             plunged 22% and 24%, respectively, after
Janssen Pharmaceuticals decided to return rights for
obesity/diabetes drug to Hanmi Pharm. The pharmaceutical
sub-index         was the biggest percentage loser by falling
more than 2%.             
** Foreigners were net buyers of 15.4 billion won ($13.18
million) worth of shares on the main board. 
** The won was quoted at 1,168.6 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.23% higher than its previous
close at 1,171.3.
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,168.3 per
U.S. dollar, up 0.1% from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
              was quoted at 1,167.2 per dollar.
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was up 0.40%, after U.S. stocks closed at record
highs            . Japanese stocks         rose 0.37%.
** The KOSPI has risen 2.94% so far this year, and gained 1.7%
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 on the KOSPI index
        was 159.64 million shares and, of the total traded
issues of 889, the number of advancing shares was 337.
** The won has lost 4.5% against the U.S dollar so far this
** In money and debt markets, September futures on three-year
treasury bonds         fell 0.01 points to 110.52, while the
3-month Certificate of Deposit rate was quoted at 1.78%.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 0.3
basis points to 1.432%, while the benchmark 10-year yield rose
by 0.5 basis points to 1.539%.

($1 = 1,168.3000 won)

 (Reporting by Hayoung Choi; Editing by Rashmi Aich)
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