* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers
* Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises
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SEOUL, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
** South Korean shares ended higher on Friday as upbeat U.S.
retail sales data boosted sentiment, though investors refrained
from placing big bets ahead of the country's three-day holiday.
The won weakened, while the benchmark bond yield rose.
** The KOSPI closed up 10.42 points, or 0.33%, at
3,140.51, after logging a 0.74% decline in the previous session.
** It gained 0.47% on a weekly basis, following a 2.35% fall
clocked in the previous week.
** Chip giants Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix
led gains on the benchmark, adding 1.45% and 2.88%,
respectively, while web portal operator Naver inched
** Meanwhile, shares in Hyundai Heavy Industries
leapt 85% from their initial public offering price in Friday's
** Foreigners were net buyers of 45.8 billion won ($38.94
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** U.S. retail sales unexpectedly increased in August, which
could temper expectations for a sharp slowdown in economic
growth in the third quarter.
** Investors now await the U.S. Federal Reserve's upcoming
policy meeting for more clues on the tapering of its bond-buying
** South Korea's financial markets will be closed from
Monday to Wednesday due to the Korean thanksgiving Chuseok
** The won ended at 1,175.0 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.27% lower than its previous
close at 1,171.8.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,176.0
per dollar, down 0.1% from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading, its one-month contract
was quoted at 1,176.4.
** In money and debt markets, September futures on
three-year treasury bonds fell 0.04 points to 110.14.
** The benchmark 10-year yield rose by 2.7 basis points to
($1 = 1,176.0200 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Devika Syamnath)