S.Korean stocks end flat as oil price surge sparks slowdown concerns

* KOSPI ends flat, foreigners net sellers

* Korean won weakens versus U.S. dollar

* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls

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SEOUL, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets:

** South Korean shares closed little changed on Tuesday on fears that a spike in oil prices could slow global economic growth further. The Korean won and the benchmark bond yield fell.

** Oil shed some of its massive gains as the United States flagged the possible release of crude reserves, but the threat of military action over the attacks on Saudi oil facilities kept prices elevated and stocks under pressure.

** South Korea's trade-reliant economy is less sensitive to oil prices compared with the United States, but there could be some indirect influence, said Park Seok-hyun, an analyst at KTB Investment Securities.

** The Seoul stock market's main KOSPI closed up 0.11 points, or 0.01%, at 2,062.33, posting an eighth straight session of gains.

** Oil-sensitive stocks fell, with Korean Air Lines and Asiana Airlines closing down 0.6% and 1.8%, respectively.

** Shares of animal medicine suppliers and feed makers surged after the country reported its first outbreak of African swine fever at a pig farm.

** Seafood stocks gained after the government raised Japanese radioactive water issue at an international conference.

** Foreigners were net sellers of 80.5 billion won ($67.63 million) worth of shares on the main board.

** The won was quoted at 1,190.7 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.64% lower than its previous close at 1,183.1.

** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,190.4 per U.S. dollar, down 0.5% from the previous day, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract was quoted at 1,189.3 per dollar.

** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.78%, after U.S. stocks fell. Japanese stocks rose 0.06%.

** The KOSPI has risen 1.04% so far this year, and gained 1.9% in the previous 30 trading sessions.

** The trading volume during the session in the KOSPI index was 497.84 million shares and, of the total traded issues of 891, the number of advancing shares was 465.

** The won has lost 6.3% against the U.S dollar so far this year.

** In money and debt markets, September futures on three-year treasury bonds rose 0.13 points to 110.60, while the 3-month Certificate of Deposit rate was quoted at 1.54%.

** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by 1.8 basis points to 1.331%, while the benchmark 10-year yield fell by 2.5 basis points to 1.511%.

($1 = 1,190.3300 won) (Reporting by Hayoung Choi; Editing by Aditya Soni)

2019-09-17 08:57:27

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