* KOSPI hits record closing high, foreigners net buyers
* KRW ends at strongest close since June 2018 vs USD
* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises
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SEOUL, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares extended gains on Thursday to close
at a record high, on a boost from chip and auto stocks, while
developments related to coronavirus vaccines and stimulus hopes
also aided sentiment.
** The won strengthened to its highest since June 2018, and
the benchmark bond yield also rose.
** The benchmark KOSPI closed 20.32 points, or
0.76%, higher at 2,696.22, marking the third straight session of
** The country's financial markets opened an hour later than
usual at 0100 GMT due to a nationwide college entrance exam.
** Chip giants Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix
jumped as much as 1.44% and 5.05%, respectively,
gaining for the third straight day, with both stocks hitting
record highs earlier in the session.
** Shares of Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia
Motors surged 7.67% and 6.41%, respectively, after
reporting strong November sales.
** Celltrion and its affiliates gained on hopes
of conditional approval for the use of its COVID-19 drug,
CT-P59, while Daewoong Pharma also rose as the
company sought regulatory approval for Phase II trials of its
** Foreigners were net buyers of 211.8 billion won ($193.51
million) worth of KOSPI shares.
** Meanwhile, local media reported on Thursday that the
country has reached a deal with AstraZeneca to purchase
its coronavirus vaccine candidate.
** The won ended at 1,097.0 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.35% higher than its previous
close at 1,100.8, the strongest since June 2018.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at
1,094.5, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month
contract was quoted at 1,094.4.
** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year
treasury bonds rose 0.01 point to 111.58.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by
0.1 basis point to 0.981%.
($1 = 1,094.5100 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)