* KOSPI rises, foreigners net sellers
* Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
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SEOUL, March 2 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
** South Korean shares ended firmer on Wednesday, as surging
commodity prices and potential demand for oil and gas carriers
due to the worsening Russia-Ukraine crisis drove shares in the
energy and shipbuilding sectors higher.
** The Korean won weakened, while the benchmark bond yield
** The benchmark KOSPI closed up 4.34 points, or
0.16%, at 2,703.52. The market was closed for trading on Tuesday
due to a public holiday.
** Major oil refiners S-Oil and SK Innovation
gained 6.04% and 3.49%, respectively, while
shipbuilders Samsung Heavy Industries, Korea
Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering and Daewoo
Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering soared 3.95%,
3.85% and 3.77%, respectively.
** U.S. President Joe Biden assailed Russian President
Vladimir Putin, barred Russian flights from American airspace
and led Democratic and Republican lawmakers in a rare display of
unity on Tuesday in a State of the Union speech dominated by
Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
** South Korea joined the Western countries on Tuesday to
impose sanctions on Russian banks, by halting any financial
transactions with seven major Russia banks and strongly urging
to suspend participation in trading Russian state bonds.
** Meanwhile, the Asian country posted a record of 219,241
coronavirus cases on Tuesday, a sharp spike after the daily
tally hovered around 170,000.
** Separately, a private-sector survey showed South Korea's
factory activity grew at the sharpest pace in eight months in
February, supported by strong overseas demand.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 306.9 billion won ($254.39
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** The won ended at 1,206.1 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.32% lower than its previous
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at
1,206.8, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month
contract was quoted at 1,207.1.
** In money and debt markets, March futures on three-year
treasury bonds rose 0.24 point to 108.24.
** The benchmark 10-year yield fell by 6.4 basis points to
($1 = 1,206.4000 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)