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S.Korea stocks track Wall St lower on Fed taper talk; won weakens

    * KOSPI falls, foreigners net sellers
    * Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar
    * South Korea benchmark bond yield rises

    SEOUL, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
markets:
    
** South Korean shares fell on Thursday, tracking overnight
losses on Wall Street after minutes from the U.S. Federal
Reserve showed officials could start tapering later this year.
The Korean won weakened, while the benchmark bond yield rose.
    
** The benchmark KOSPI         fell 32.84 points, or 1.04%, to
3,126.09 as of 02:59.
    
** Among heavyweights, tech giant Samsung Electronics
            fell 0.81% and peer SK Hynix             fell 1.92%,
while LG Chem             rose 0.11% and Naver             rose
0.12%.
    
** The minutes from the Fed showed officials expected they could
ease stimulus this year if the economy continues to improve. 
              
    
** Prospects of the United States paring stimulus within this
year probably shocked markets initially, but investors seem to
be taking that in better slowly, said Na Jeong-hwan, an analyst
at Cape Investment & Securities.     
    
** Foreigners were net sellers of 195.7 billion won worth of
shares on the main board. 
    
** The won was quoted at 1,175.1 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.60% lower than its previous
close at 1,168.0.
    
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,175.0 per
dollar, down 0.4% from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
              was quoted at 1,175.2.
    
** The KOSPI has risen 8.79% so far this year, but lost 4.4% in
the previous 30 trading sessions.
    
** The trading volume during the session in the KOSPI index
        was 347.27 million shares. Of the total traded issues of
920, the number of advancing shares was 104.
    
** The won has lost 7.6% against the dollar so far this year.
    
** In money and debt markets, September futures on three-year
treasury bonds         rose 0.09 points to 110.54.
    
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by 2.4
basis points to 1.364%, while the benchmark 10-year yield rose
by 0.2 basis points to 1.882%.

 (Reporting by Cynthia Kim; Additional reporting by Jihoon Lee;
Editing by Ramakrishnan M.)
  
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