* KOSPI falls, foreigners sell
* KRW gains against USD
* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises
SEOUL, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets:
** South Korean shares slid on Monday as foreigners continued to sell equities ahead of the rebalancing of MSCI index, while cautious investors also awaited concrete evidence on progress in Sino-U.S. trade talks. The won and the benchmark bond yield rose.
** As of 0233 GMT, the Seoul stock market's main KOSPI index fell 9.46 points, or 0.44%, to 2,152.72.
** Foreigners were seen selling shares pre-emptively ahead of the rebalancing of MSCI index, while the markets are taking a cautious stance on major issues such as U.S.-China trade dispute, Hong Kong and Huawei issue, said Lee Won, analyst at Bookook Securities.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 110.5 billion won worth of shares on the main board, extending the selloff for an eighth straight session.
** Chinese state media Xinhua said China and United States had "constructive talks" on trade in a high-level phone call on Saturday, while U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross also said on Friday that there was a "very high probability" that the United States would reach a final agreement on a phase one trade deal with China.
** The Trump administration is set to issue a two-week extension of a license allowing U.S. companies to continue doing business with China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL], two sources familiar with the deliberations said.
** The won was quoted at 1,164.9 per dollar on the onshore
** In offshore trading, the won
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.17%, after U.S. stocks ended higher in the previous session [MKTS/GLOB]. Japanese stocks rose 0.27%.
** The KOSPI has risen 5.47% so far this year, while it gained 3.2% in the previous 30 trading sessions.
** The trading volume during the session in the KOSPI index was 259.86 million shares and, of the total traded issues of 905, the number of advancing shares was 294.
** The won has lost 4.2% against the dollar so far this year.
** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 1.0 basis point to 1.522%, while the benchmark 10-year yield rose by 1.1 basis points to 1.798%. (Reporting by Joori Roh; editing by Uttaresh.V) ((firstname.lastname@example.org; +82 2 6936 1493)) Keywords: SOUTHKOREA MARKETS/MIDDAY
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