* KOSPI gains
* Foreigners were net sellers for 18th straight session
* KRW weakens against USD
* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises
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SEOUL, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets:
South Korean shares closed higher on Monday on positive China factory activity numbers, although weak domestic data and fresh uncertainty around Sino-U.S. trade deal capped gains. The won weakened, while the benchmark bond yield rose.
** The Seoul stock market’s main KOSPI ended up 3.96 points, or 0.19%, to 2,091.92.
** China’s Caixin/Markit manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) released on Monday rose to 51.8 in November, marking the fastest expansion since December 2016, while the country’s official data showed that the PMI unexpectedly returned to growth in November.
** South Korea’s factory activity shrank for an eighth straight month in November, but there were some signs that the prolonged downturn may be easing, a private business survey showed.
** The country’s exports in November fell for the 12th month in a row and far more than expected.
** Meanwhile, a trade deal between United States and China was now “stalled because of Hong Kong legislation”, news website Axios reported on Sunday, citing a source close to U.S. President Donald Trump’s negotiating team.
** Foreigner selloff is seen continuing as uncertainties over Hong Kong and U.S.-China trade issue persist, with KOSPI being seen as a proxy for Chinese equities, said Park Sang-hyun, chief economist at Hi Investment & Securities.
** Park added KOSPI has been led by chip industry but South Korea’s November trade data, which turned out worse than expected, failed to show any clear signs of improvement to help boost the market.
** Foreigners were net sellers for an 18th session, having sold 392.2 billion won ($332.56 million) worth of shares on the main board.
** The won was quoted at 1,183.1 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.16% lower than its previous close at 1,181.2.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,183.1 per U.S. dollar, down 0.2% from the previous day, while in non-deliverable forward trading, its one-month contract was quoted at 1,181.9 per dollar.
** MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.21%. Japanese stocks rose 1.01%.
** The KOSPI has risen 2.49% so far this year, but gained 1.3% in the previous 30 trading sessions.
** The trading volume during the session on the KOSPI index was 369.06 million shares and, of the total traded issues of 907, the number of advancing shares was 363.
** The won has lost 5.7% against the dollar so far this year.
** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year treasury bonds fell 0.09 point to 110.37, while the 3-month Certificate of Deposit rate was quoted at 1.53% in late afternoon trade.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 3.6 basis points to 1.420% in late afternoon trade, while the benchmark 10-year yield rose by 5.6 basis points to 1.683%.
$1 = 1,179.3300 won Reporting by Joori Roh