S.Korean shares edge up as investors wait for U.S. inflation data



* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers

* Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar

* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises

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SEOUL, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets:

** South Korean shares rose on Monday after wavering throughout the session, as investors were on wait-and-see mode to confirm next U.S. inflation data due on Wednesday to gauge whether the Federal Reserve will sustain aggressive interest-rate hikes. The Korean won weakened, while the benchmark bond yield rose.

** The benchmark KOSPI .KS11 rose 2.30 points, or 0.09%, to 2,493.10 as of 06:32.

** Early losses due to strong U.S. jobs report on Friday were pared back later in the afternoon, as many were opt to see the next U.S. inflation report before making bets about the Fed's next moves in September, said Park Gwang-nam, an analyst at Mirae Asset Securities.

** U.S. job growth unexpectedly accelerated in July, lifting the level of employment above its pre-pandemic level and pouring cold water on fears the economy was in recession.

** Among the heavyweights, technology giant Samsung Electronics 005930.KS fell 1.14% and peer SK Hynix 000660.KS fell 2.23%, while battery maker LG Energy Solution 373220.KS rose 0.22%.

** Foreigners were net buyers of 175.5 billion won worth of shares on the main board.

** The won was quoted at 1,306.4 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform KRW=KFTC , 0.62% lower than its previous close at 1,298.3.

** In offshore trading, the won KRW= was quoted at 1,306.2 per dollar, down 0.3% from the previous day, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract KRW1MNDFOR= was quoted at 1,304.9.

** The KOSPI has fallen 16.27% so far this year, but gained 5.2% in the previous 30 trading sessions.

** The trading volume during the session in the KOSPI index .KS11 was 409.15 million shares. Of the total traded issues of 928, the number of advancing shares was 422.

** The won has lost 9.0% against the dollar so far this year.

** In money and debt markets, September futures on three-year treasury bonds KTBc1 fell 0.18 points to 105.23.

** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 6.4 basis points to 3.144%, while the benchmark 10-year yield rose by 6.1 basis points to 3.186%.
Reporting by Cynthia Kim; Additional reporting by Youn Ah Moon; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

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