* KOSPI closes up 0.7%; adds 3.2% for the week
* Foreigners net buyers for 7th straight session
* KRW edges down 0.1% vs USD; up 0.4% for the week
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
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SEOUL, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares bounced back from earlier falls on
Friday, helped by sharp gains in market heavyweights including
Samsung Electronics. The won and the benchmark bond
yield both edged down.
** The benchmark KOSPI index settled 18.25 points,
or 0.74%, higher at 2,493.87, after declining as much as 0.6%
earlier in the session on concerns over a spike in COVID-19
cases. It rose 3.2% for the week, adding to the previous week's
** Samsung Electronics climbed 3.6% to a record high on
foreign investor buying, while other heavyweights SK Hynix
, Hyundai Motor and Kakao Corp
rose 1.8%, 2% and 2.2%, respectively.
** Investors were still wary of the covid-19 pandemic. South
Korea reported 191 new coronavirus cases as of Thursday
midnight, the sharpest daily jump in 10 weeks.
** New infections hit fresh records in the United States and
were above 100,000 for an eighth consecutive day, according to a
** Asiana Airlines, South Korea's second-largest
carrier, surged as much as 25.6% to a near seven-month high,
while its affiliates and top shareholder jumped after reports of
new acquisition talks.
** Foreigners were net buyers for a seventh straight
session, purchasing 522.5 billion won ($468.61 million) worth
shares in the longest buying spree since mid-January. They had
bought 3.76 trillion won worth shares in the last six sessions.
** For the week, foreign investor bought a net 2.32 trillion
won worth KOSPI shares, the largest since September 2013,
Refinitiv data showed.
** The won ended at 1,115.6 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.07% lower than its previous
close at 1,114.8.
** The currency inched up 0.4% on a weekly basis, after a
1.3% gain a week earlier.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at
1,115.6, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month
contract was quoted at 1,115.7.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by
0.1 basis point to 0.971%.
($1 = 1,115.0100 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)