* KOSPI falls, foreigners net buyers
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
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SEOUL, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares ended lower on Thursday, dragged by
institutional sell-off on the day of KOSPI options expiry and
ahead of the central bank rate decision, while retail investors
refrained from making big bets ahead of the long-awaited public
subscription for LG Energy Solution's $10.7 billion IPO.
** The Korean won strengthened, while the benchmark bond
** The benchmark KOSPI closed down 10.39 points, or
0.35%, at 2,962.09, reversing early gains of 0.32%. It rose
1.54% on Wednesday.
** Among the heavyweights, Samsung Electronics
and LG Chem fell 1.27% and 2.33%, respectively,
while SK Hynix and Samsung Biologics
added 0.78% and 0.93% each.
** Battery maker LG Energy Solution's IPO has received bids
worth around $80 billion from institutional investors, according
to sources, 13 times more than the offered $6 billion, while the
public subscription for retail investors will take place on Jan.
18 and 19.
** Meanwhile, U.S. December inflation data showed price
pressures surging, but the data came in line with expectations,
which appeared to have reassured investors.
** The Bank of Korea holds its policy meeting on Friday,
where it is expected to raise the base rate to 1.25% to restrain
inflationary risks and financial imbalances.
** Capping the benchmark index's decline, foreign investors
net bought 368.7 billion won ($310.45 million) worth of KOSPI
** The won ended at 1,187.5 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, the strongest level in two weeks
and 0.25% higher than its previous close.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at
1,187.7, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month
contract was quoted at 1,188.3.
** In money and debt markets, March futures on three-year
treasury bonds rose 0.12 point to 108.62.
** The benchmark 10-year yield fell by 3.3 basis points to
($1 = 1,187.6300 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh)