* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers
* Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
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SEOUL, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares on Friday logged the sharpest daily gain
in more than a month, while ending the week lower, with investor
focus on U.S jobs data later in the day that might reinforce the
need for faster-than-expected U.S. interest rate hikes.
** Foreign investors snapped up Samsung Electronics
and other tech heavyweights to log the ninth straight week of
buying. The Korean won weakened to the lowest in a year and a
half, while the benchmark bond yield fell.
** The benchmark KOSPI rose 34.36 points, or 1.18%, to
2,954.89 as of 06:30.
** Among the heavyweights, technology giant Samsung Electronics
rose 1.82% and peer SK Hynix rose 1.60%, while LG
Chem rose 4.20% and Naver fell 0.15%.
** Foreigners were net buyers of 634.9 billion won worth of
shares on the main board.
** The won was quoted at 1,201.5 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.04% lower than its previous
close at 1,201.0.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,202.3
per dollar, up 0.2% from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
was quoted at 1,202.9.
** The KOSPI has fallen 0.76% so far this year, but lost 2.5%
in the previous 30 trading sessions.
** The trading volume during the session in the KOSPI index
was 535.01 million shares. Of the total traded issues of
931, the number of advancing shares was 648.
** The won has lost 1.1% against the dollar so far this year.
** In money and debt markets, March futures on three-year
treasury bonds rose 0.07 point to 108.25.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by
0.4 basis point to 2.014%, while the benchmark 10-year yield
fell by 2.9 basis points to 2.452%.
(Reporting by Cynthia Kim; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)