KOSPI flat, foreigners net buyers
Korean won jumps 1% against dollar
South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
SEOUL, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
** South Korean shares were trading almost flat on Friday,
as battery makers offset gains in tech stocks. The Korean won
strengthened 1% against the dollar, while the benchmark bond
** The benchmark KOSPI rose 2.92 points, or 0.12%,
to 2,374.00, as of 0130 GMT, after a five-session losing streak.
It was on track for a fourth straight weekly loss.
** "The market is broadly in a cautious mood ahead of U.S.
inflation data and its central bank meeting next week," said
Choi Yoo-june, an analyst at Shinhan Securities.
** Technology giant Samsung Electronics gained
1.18% and peer SK Hynix climbed 2.03%, tracking a
sharp rise in the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index
** Platform firms Naver and Kakao
jumped 3.23% and 3.42%, respectively.
** Battery maker LG Energy Solution dropped
3.39% and parent LG Chem fell 4.63%, while peer
Samsung SDI declined 4.04%, extending losses
following a production cut by Tesla.
** Foreigners were net buyers of shares worth 14.5 billion
won ($11.12 million).
** The won was quoted at 1,305.3 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.97% higher than its previous
close at 1,318.0.
** The currency was still on track for its first weekly loss
** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year
treasury bonds rose 0.03 point to 103.72.
** The most liquid three-year Korean treasury bond yield was
flat at 3.671%, while the benchmark 10-year yield fell by 1.9
basis points to 3.508%.
($1 = 1,304.4300 won)
(Reporting by Jihoon Lee; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)