S.Korea stocks flat as caution ahead of export data cap trade deal cheer

    * KOSPI treads water, foreigners net buyers
    * Korean won strengthens versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea benchmark bond yield falls

    SEOUL, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares were flat on Friday, as caution ahead of
exports data release offset optimism from hopes of an interim
U.S.-China trade deal soon. The Korean won gained, while the
benchmark bond yield fell.
** U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday the
United States and China would sign their "Phase one" trade pact
at the beginning of January, adding that it was completely
finished and just undergoing a technical "scrub".             
** On this news, Wall Street's major indexes resumed their rally
with fresh records on Thursday.             
** As of 0142 GMT, the Seoul stock market's main KOSPI        
rose 1.58 points, or 0.07%, to 2,198.14. For the week, the KOSPI
was set to gain 1.29%.
** For the markets to rise further, a rebound in exports should
be confirmed, said Noh Dong-gil, an analyst at NH Investment &
** South Korea's exports from Dec. 1 to 20 is set to be released
on Monday. 
** Foreigners were net buyers of 18.9 billion won ($16.24
million) worth of shares on the main board. 
** The won was quoted at 1,163.4 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.19% higher than its previous
close at 1,165.6.
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,163.9 per
U.S. dollar, down 0.1% from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
              was quoted at 1,162.5 per dollar.
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                was down 0.13%, after U.S. stocks posted fresh
records overnight            . Japanese stocks         fell
** The KOSPI has risen 7.64% so far this year, and gained 2.4%
in the previous 30 trading sessions.
** The trading volume during the session in the KOSPI index
        was 207.14 million shares and, of the total traded
issues of 904, the number of advancing shares was 393.
** The won has lost 4.1% against the dollar so far this year.
** In money and debt markets, March futures on three-year
treasury bonds         rose 0.02 points to 110.45, while the
3-month Certificate of Deposit rate was quoted at 1.53%.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by 0.4
basis points to 1.379%, while the benchmark 10-year yield fell
by 0.6 basis points to 1.650%.
($1 = 1,163.6900 won)   

 (Reporting by Hayoung Choi; Editing by Rashmi Aich)