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S.Korea stocks reverse early losses, won strengthens

    * KOSPI index edge up, foreigners buy 
    * Korean won higher versus U.S. dollar
    * South Korea bond yields down

    SEOUL, May 23 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
markets:
** South Korea's KOSPI stock index         recovered from early
losses on Wednesday to settle in positive territory later in the
session. The Korean won was stronger against the dollar in the
local platform, while bond yields fell.
 
** At 0156 GMT, the KOSPI was up 1.31 points or 0.05 percent at
2,466.88.
    
** South Korea's major chipmaker SK Hynix             hit a
nearly 17-year intraday high after rising more than 5 percent as
it started a supply deal to NVIDIA Corp. This largely improved
market sentiment, sending the sub-index for electric and
electricity shares         up 3.2 percent.             
 
** The won was quoted at 1,078.1 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.68 percent firmer than its
previous close at 1,085.4. The currency was supported by strong
stock purchases among foreign investors, while the dollar
weakened a bit in the global markets. 
 
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,078.4 per
U.S. dollar, down 0.27 percent from the previous day, while in
one-year non-deliverable forwards             it was being asked
at 1,061.45 per dollar.
 
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
                slipped 0.13 percent, after U.S. stocks ended
lower in the previous session.             Japanese stocks
        weakened by 1.17 percent. 
 
** The KOSPI is down around 0.1 percent so far this year, and
slid 1.15 percent in the previous 30 days.
 
** The current price-to-earnings ratio is 12.10, the dividend
yield is 1.28 percent and the market capitalisation is 1,242.04
trillion won. 
 
** The trading volume during the session on the KOSPI index
        was 364,255,000 shares, and of the total traded issues
of 884, the number of advancing shares was 230.
 
** Foreigners were net buyers of 184,891 million won worth of
shares.
 
** The U.S dollar has risen 1.13 percent against the won this
year. The won's high for the year is 1,053.55 per dollar on
April 2, 2018, and low is 1,098.4 on Feb. 6 this year.
 
** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year
treasury bonds         rose 0.05 points to 107.73.
 
** The Korean 3-month Certificate of Deposit benchmark rate was
quoted at 1.65 percent, while the benchmark 3-year Korean
treasury bond yielded 2.234 percent, lower than the previous
day's 2.25 percent.
    

 (Reporting by Dahee Kim, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
  
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