* KOSPI falls, foreigners net buyers
* Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises
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SEOUL, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares closed lower on Monday, ending a
three-day rally, as China's economic growth in the third quarter
hit a one-year low, while rising oil prices stoked inflation
fears. The won weakened, while the benchmark bond yield rose.
** The KOSPI ended 8.38 points, or 0.28%, lower at
3,006.68, logging the first fall in four sessions.
** China's economy hit its slowest pace of growth in a year
in the third quarter, hurt by power shortages, supply
bottlenecks, sporadic COVID-19 outbreaks and major wobbles in
the property sector.
** Meanwhile, oil prices hit their highest in years as
demand continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
** Chip giant Samsung Electronics and platform
company Naver rose 0.14% and 0.76%, respectively,
while chipmaker SK Hynix and petrochemical firm LG
Chem fell 1.32% and 1.08% each.
** LG Chem's battery subsidiary LG Energy Solution (LGES)
entered an agreement with automaker Stellantis NV to
form a joint venture to produce battery cells and modules for
** Foreigners were net buyers of 38.2 billion won ($32.17
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** "For the KOSPI to make a meaningful rebound, surging oil
and energy prices need to be stabilised," said Huh Jae-hwan,
analyst at Eugene Investment & Securities.
** The won ended at 1,187.6 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, down 0.44%.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,187.8
per dollar, down 0.5%, while in non-deliverable forward trading,
its one-month contract was quoted at 1,188.2.
** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year
treasury bonds fell 0.30 point to 108.52.
** The benchmark 10-year yield rose by 5.1 basis points to
($1 = 1,187.4500 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh, additional reporting by Jihoon Lee;
editing by Uttaresh.V)