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S.Korea-Market Factors to watch on Oct 8

SEOUL, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Following is a list of events inSouth Korea as well as news stories and press reports that mayinfluence financial markets.

TOP STORIES>US, SKorea agree on longer range ballistic missiles

> Korea won't weaken won to spur exports - officials

> Samsung posts $7.3 bln Q3 profit

> S.Korean refiner lifts Iranian crude cargo -source

MARKETS

>S.Korea won near 1-yr high on Samsung

>KOSPI gains capped after Samsung earnings boost

MARKET SNAPSHOTS

* The S&P 500 broke a four-day string of gains, endingslightly lower on Friday as an unexpected drop in the U.S.unemployment rate was overshadowed by concerns about the comingearnings season, which begins with Alcoa next week.

* Global shares edged higher on Friday and Treasury pricestumbled after the U.S. unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to anear four-year low.

* Oil prices fell in volatile trading on Friday and postedweekly losses as a fragile global economy and uncertainty aboutEurope's debt crisis offset support from a better-than-expectedU.S. employment report.

* Seoul shares edged up on Friday after bellwether SamsungElectronics

posted stronger-than-expected earnings,but a dimmer outlook capped price gains.IN THE KOREAN PRESS

Following is a summary of local press reports translated byReuters. Reuters has not verified the content of these reportsand does not vouch for their accuracy.

> Kia Motors Corphas decided to tap into theU.S. pick-up truck market from next year, local media reported.> CJ Cheiljedang Corpand French company ArkemaSAwill construct a plant in Malaysia which willproduce methionine, a protein-based amino acid, for animal feed.Latest KR stock reportLatest money reportLatest stocksKR press digestKR main diaryKR IPO diaryGlobal Markets reportOil Markets reportNew York StocksAsia stock outlookEmerging markets report

(Reporting by Jane Chung; Editing by John Mair)

((jane.chung@thomsonreuters.com))

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