S.Korea stocks hit 6-week high as Omicron concerns wane
* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
SEOUL, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets:
** South Korean shares jumped on Wednesday to a six-week high, tracking Wall Street's overnight tech lead, as investors tempered fears about the impact of the Omicron variant despite a record jump in domestic coronavirus cases.
** The won strengthened, while the benchmark bond yield fell.
** By 0155 GMT, the benchmark KOSPI .KS11 was up 31.74 points, or 1.06%, at 3,023.46, after having gained as much as 1.48% to the highest intraday level since Oct. 27.
** Chip giant Samsung Electronics 005930.KS led benchmark gains with a 0.78% jump while battery maker LG Chem 051910.KS and platform company Naver 035420.KS added 4.64% and 1.28%, respectively.
** South Korean technology-related shares tracked a rally on Wall Street overnight after U.S. infectious disease official Anthony Fauci said the variant has a higher degree of transmissibility, but is seen less severe, according to preliminary evidence.
** Lifting market sentiment further was British drugmaker GSK's GSK.L statement that its antibody-based COVID-19 therapy is effective against all mutations of the new Omicron variant.
** South Korea reported a record 7,175 new virus cases for Tuesday even after it reimposed limits on private gatherings, while there are 38 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant so far.
** On the main board, foreigners were net buyers of 122.5 billion won ($104.19 million) worth of shares.
** The won was quoted at 1,175.6 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform KRW=KFTC , 0.33% higher than its previous close.
** In offshore trading, the won KRW= was quoted at 1,175.9, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract KRW1MNDFOR= was quoted at 1,176.1.
** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year treasury bonds KTBc1 rose 0.12 point to 109.05.
** The benchmark 10-year yield fell by 4.5 basis points to 2.195%.
($1 = 1,175.7100 won)
Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips
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