S.Korean stocks flat ahead of long weekend; won weakens

    * KOSPI flat, foreigners net buyers
    * Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar
    * South Korea benchmark bond yield rises

    SEOUL, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
    ** South Korean shares were little changed on Friday as
profit-taking-led selling offset relief from easing inflation
pressure, while trading was slow ahead of a three-day weekend.
The won weakened slightly, while the benchmark bond yield rose.
    ** The benchmark KOSPI         rose 2.23 points, or 0.09%,
to 2,526.01 as of 0221 GMT. The KOSPI is now headed for a weekly
gain of more than 1% to extend its winning streak into a fourth
consecutive week.
    ** Among heavyweights, technology giant Samsung Electronics
            rose 0.83% and peer SK Hynix             added
0.75%. Battery maker LG Energy Solution             fell 2.54%.
    ** Foreigners were net buyers of 5.2 billion won ($3.99
million) worth of shares on the main board.
    ** The won was quoted at 1,305.5 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , down 0.19%.
    ** South Korean financial markets will be closed on Monday
to mark a public holiday.
    ** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,304.8
per dollar, while in non-deliverable forward trading, its
one-month contract               was quoted at 1,303.9.
    ** The KOSPI has fallen 15.17% so far this year, but gained
8.2% in the previous 30 trading sessions.
    ** The trading volume was 239.96 million shares. Of the
total traded issues of 929, the number of advancing shares was
    ** The won has lost 8.9% against the dollar so far this
    ** In money and debt markets, September futures on
three-year treasury bonds         fell 0.14 point to 105.11.
    ** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by
2.4 basis points to 3.164%, while the benchmark 10-year yield
rose by 5.2 basis points to 3.291%.
($1 = 1,304.5400 won)

 (Reporting by Choonsik Yoo; editing by Uttaresh.V)