* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers
* Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises
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SEOUL, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares ended higher on Friday, posting their
biggest weekly jump in seven, supported by buying by foreign and
institutional investors, though gains were capped ahead of U.S
payrolls data and on Omicron coronavirus variant caution.
** The won ended lower but posted its sharpest weekly gain
since mid-February, while the benchmark bond yield rose.
** The KOSPI closed up 23.06 points, or 0.78%, at
2,968.33, extending the gains into a third straight day.
** For the week, the benchmark jumped 1.09%, its sharpest
gain since mid-October and rebounding from a 1.16% decline a
** Chip giants Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix
slid 0.26% and 1.67%, respectively, but platform
companies Naver and Kakao rose 0.88% and
** On the main board, foreigners were net buyers of 156.9
billion won ($132.94 million) worth of shares, according to
Korea Exchange data.
** The Omicron variant has spooked markets for about a week,
hitting travel-related stocks hard on new restrictions around
** South Korea reported 4,944 new coronavirus cases on
Thursday and re-imposed limits on private gatherings after six
Omicron variant cases have been confirmed so far.
** Focus in now on the U.S. payrolls report due later in the
day, as it could clear the path to earlier Federal Reserve
interest rate hikes.
** The won ended at 1,180.1 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.36% lower than its previous
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at
1,180.4, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month
contract was quoted at 1,180.6.
** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year
treasury bonds fell 0.10 points to 108.91.
** The benchmark 10-year yield rose by 2.9 basis points to
($1 = 1,180.1900 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Rashmi Aich)