* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
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SEOUL, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korea shares ended 1% higher on Monday, boosted by
semiconductor and biopharmaceutical firms and as upbeat Chinese
economic data lifted investor sentiment. The won inched up,
while the benchmark bond yield fell.
** The benchmark KOSPI closed up 30.72 points, or
1.03%, at 2,999.52, after having gained 1.18% to its highest
level since Nov. 4 earlier in the session.
** Among the heavyweights, South Korean chip giants Samsung
Electronics and SK Hynix rose 1.13% and
4.23%, respectively, while Samsung Biologics and
Celltrion surged 3.72% and 9.13% each.
** Shares of Celltrion jumped after the company's monoclonal
antibody treatment received approval by the European Commission
for COVID-19 treatment.
** Lifting the sentiment across the region was upbeat data
from China, with annual growth in retail sales and industrial
output both handily beating forecasts, despite fresh curbs to
control COVID-19 outbreaks and supply shortages.
** Investors are now eyeing U.S. retail sales data due on
Tuesday for any impact from the drop in consumer sentiment to a
decade low reported for November, as people fretted over higher
** Foreigners were net buyers of 396.1 billion won ($336.30
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** The won ended at 1,178.4 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.10% higher than its previous
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,177.9
per dollar, up 0.1% from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
was quoted at 1,180.3.
** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year
treasury bonds rose 0.17 points to 108.65.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by
4.5 basis points to 1.924%, while the benchmark 10-year yield
fell by 4.1 basis points to 2.301%.
($1 = 1,177.8200 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)