* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
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SEOUL, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
** South Korean shares closed higher on Wednesday, as
foreign-buying overshadowed concerns around global economic
growth, with investors refraining from making big bets ahead of
a holiday next week.
** The won ended unchanged, while the benchmark bond yield
** The benchmark KOSPI closed up 4.57 points, or
0.15%, at 3,153.40, extending gains to a fourth straight
** Investors looked past news that North Korea fired a pair
of ballistic missiles off its east coast on Wednesday,
ratcheting up regional tensions.
** Among heavyweights, chip giant Samsung Electronics
rose 0.52%, while platform companies Naver
and Kakao fell 0.50% and 1.21%,
** Foreigners were net buyers of 294.5 billion won ($251.52
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** U.S. consumer prices increased at their slowest pace in
six months in August, suggesting that inflation had probably
peaked, while China's factory output and retail sales growth
slowed significantly, reinforcing worries about slowing growth
** Meanwhile, South Korea's August unemployment rate fell to
the lowest on record, suggesting the economic recovery from the
COVID-19 pandemic was on track.
** The country's financial markets will be closed on Monday
to Wednesday due to the three-day Chuseok holiday, also known as
the Korean Thanksgiving holiday.
** The won ended at 1,170.5 per dollar on the onshore
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,169.7
per dollar, up 0.2%, while in non-deliverable forward trading,
its one-month contract was quoted at 1,170.6.
** In money and debt markets, September futures on
three-year treasury bonds rose 0.11 point to 110.21.
** The most-liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by
3.8 basis points to 1.496%, while the benchmark 10-year yield
fell by 2.9 basis points to 2.029%.
($1 = 1,170.8800 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh; editing by Uttaresh.V)