S.Korea stocks slide on Omicron, U.S. jobs data jitters



* KOSPI falls, foreigners net sellers

* Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar

* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises

SEOUL, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets:

** South Korean shares slid on Friday as caution crept in after local coronavirus numbers rose to a new high this week while investors stayed away from big bets ahead of U.S payrolls data. The won weakened, while the benchmark bond yield rose.

** By 0213 GMT, the KOSPI .KS11 was down 4.38 points, or 0.15%, at 2,940.89, following sharp gains in the previous two sessions. For the week, the benchmark edged up 0.2%.

** Chip giants Samsung Electronics 005930.KS and SK Hynix 000660.KS dropped 1.72% and 3.33%, respectively.

** The Omicron variant has spooked markets for about a week, hitting travel-related stocks particularly hard as a patchwork of new restrictions were enacted around the globe.

** South Korea reported 4,944 new coronavirus cases for Thursday, less than the record 5,266 cases reported a day earlier, but it strengthened distancing measures after six Omicron variant cases have been confirmed so far.

** Meanwhile, the parliament approved to increase next year's budget by a net 3.3 trillion won to 607.7 trillion won ($516.42 billion) to support a swifter economic recovery and help those hit by the pandemic.

** The U.S. payrolls report due later on Friday is closely monitored by investors worldwide as it could clear the path to earlier Federal Reserve interest rate hikes.

** On the main board, foreigners were net sellers of 29.9 billion won ($25.36 million) worth of shares.

** The won was quoted at 1,178.7 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform KRW=KFTC , 0.24% lower than its previous close.

** In offshore trading, the won KRW= was quoted at 1,178.9, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract KRW1MNDFOR= was quoted at 1,179.4.

** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year treasury bonds KTBc1 fell 0.07 points to 108.94.

** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 4.3 basis points to 1.878%, while the benchmark 10-year yield rose by 0.1 basis points to 2.195%.

($1 = 1,179.0000 won)
Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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