* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
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SEOUL, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares extended their rally on Friday to
touch a record high on Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix surge
and foreign buying, despite the virus spurt at home. The won
closed at its strongest since June 2018, while the benchmark
bond yield fell.
** The benchmark KOSPI ended up 35.23 points, or
1.31%, at 2,731.45, extending gains to a fourth straight day.
** Shares in the world's two largest memory chipmakers
Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix surged
as much as 3.4% and 7.2%, respectively, to their record highs,
after rival Micron Technology's facility in Taiwan faced
power outage and on continued optimistic sectoral outlook.
** South Korean drugmaker Celltrion jumped as
much as 9.8% to a record high of 385,500 won.
** Naver, the country's biggest search engine
operator, and Kakao Corp, South Korea's top mobile
messenger provider, surged as spiking coronavirus infections at
home boosted demand for contactless services.
** Foreigners were net buyers of 765.5 billion won ($707.70
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** South Korea's capital Seoul will require most
establishments to close at 9 p.m. each day, acting Seoul mayor
Seo Jeong-hyup told a briefing on Friday, as the country
reported 629 new cases on Friday, the most since the first wave
of infections in the country peaked in late February.
** The won ended at 1,082.1 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 1.38% higher than its previous
close, the sharpest daily gain since March, and the strongest
close since June 2018.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at
1,081.7, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month
contract was quoted at 1,081.6.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by
1.3 basis points to 0.964%.
($1 = 1,081.6700 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh;
Editing by Vinay Dwivedi)