* KOSPI falls, foreigners net sellers
* Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises
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SEOUL, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares snapped a three-day winning streak on
Friday, as investors booked profits in major heavyweights after
a recent global rally led by U.S. stimulus and President Joe
Biden's inauguration, but posted an eleventh weekly jump in 12.
The won weakened, while the benchmark bond yield rose.
** The KOSPI closed down 20.21 points, or 0.64%, at
3,140.63, after it had gained 1.5% to hit a record closing high
on Thursday. The index, however, gained 1.8% for the week.
** Major heavyweights slid with chip giants Samsung
Electronics and SK Hynix tumbling 1.5%
and 2.3%, respectively. Hyundai Motor also slid
** That outweighed strong gains in technology shares. Portal
giant Naver surged 6.3% to its record high and
messenger app operator Kakao added 2%, while battery
maker Samsung SDI also soared 6.3%.
** A Reuters poll showed the South Korean economy likely
grew at a slower pace in the fourth quarter as a boost in
exports was partially offset by sluggish domestic demand due to
toughened COVID-19 social distancing measures since late last
"Overall Asian markets were seen sliding on profit-taking
after (recent gains on) Biden's inauguration and hopes for
further U.S. stimulus," said Daishin Securities' analyst Lee
** Foreigners were net sellers of 256.7 billion won ($232.66
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** The won ended at 1,103.2 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.45% lower than its previous
close at 1,098.2.
** For the week, the won edged down 0.3%, logging the third
straight weekly loss.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at
1,103.5, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month
contract was quoted at 1,103.4.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by
2.0 basis points to 0.991%.
($1 = 1,103.3200 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh; Additional reporting by Jihoon Lee;
Editing by Rashmi Aich)