* KOSPI rises, foreigners net sellers
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises
SEOUL, May 7 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares rose on Friday, heading for their first
weekly gain in three as positive U.S. jobs data led to
expectations that rebounding economies will spur a boom in
global demand. The Korean won strengthened, while the benchmark
bond yield rose.
** The benchmark KOSPI rose 17.41 points, or 0.55%, to
3,196.15, as of 02:19 GMT. For the week, it was up more than
** Among the heavyweights, technology giant Samsung Electronics
fell 0.61% and peer SK Hynix eased
0.39%. LG Chem fell 0.43%, while Naver
** A report showed the number of Americans filing new claims for
unemployment benefits fell below 500,000 last week for the first
time since the COVID-19 pandemic started, signalling the labour
market recovery entered a new phase amid a booming economy.
** Optimism from economic data and corporate earnings has
continued, except the chip sector is still weak, said Choi
Yoo-june, an analyst at Shinhan Investment & Securities.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 244.9 billion won worth of
shares on the main board.
** The won was quoted at 1,120.4 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.48% higher than its previous
close at 1,125.8.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,120.6 per
dollar, unchanged from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
was quoted at 1,120.4.
** The KOSPI has risen 11.23% so far this year, and gained 6.1%
in the previous 30 trading sessions.
** The trading volume during the session in the KOSPI index
was 516.51 million shares. Of the total traded issues of
906, the number of advancing shares was 618.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by 0.3
basis point to 1.137%, while the benchmark 10-year yield rose by
1.1 basis points to 2.113%.
(Reporting by Cynthia Kim, additional reporting by Jihoon Lee;
Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)