* KOSPI closes at record high
* Foreigners net buyers for 13th straight session
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
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SEOUL, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares closed at a record high on Monday, as
heavyweights Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix surged on
improving demand and an upbeat outlook for the chip industry,
even as tightening COVID-19 curbs at home capped gains.
** KOSPI rose 49.09 points, or 1.92%, closing at an all-time
high of 2,602.59, extending its rally for a fourth consecutive
** Chip giants Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix
surged 4.33% and 3.31%, respectively, on higher
demand prospects and an optimistic 2021 earnings outlook.
** South Korean exports grew 11.1% during Nov. 1 to 20
compared with the same period a year earlier, helped by a 21.9%
rise in chip sales and improving overseas demand.
** Shares of South Korean electric vehicle (EV) battery
maker LG Chem rose 3.31% to a two-week high
following local media reports of Tesla Inc placing
battery orders for its Model Y car.
** Shares of Samsung Heavy Industries jumped
15.69% to a near six-month high after the company bagged a $2.5
billion supply order.
** South Korea reported another daily rise of over 200 new
coronavirus cases on Monday, a day before tighter social
distancing rules aimed at blunting a third wave of infections
** Foreigners were net buyers for a 13th straight session,
the longest buying spree since August 2016, purchasing net 988.6
billion won ($890.21 million) worth of KOSPI shares. They have
bought a total net 6.37 trillion won worth of shares over the
past 13 sessions.
** The won ended at 1,110.4 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.35% higher than its previous
close of 1,114.3.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at
1,110.1, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month
contract was quoted at 1,110.1.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by
0.9 basis points to 0.954%.
($1 = 1,110.5200 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh;
Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)