* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises
SEOUL, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean rose for a third straight session on Wednesday
as investor optimism about progress in U.S. stimulus talks
outweighed preliminary trade data that showed exports out of
Asia's fourth-largest economy fell again.
** The won strengthened and the benchmark bond yield rose.
** By 0255 GMT, the benchmark KOSPI rose 7.55 points, or
0.32%, to 2,365.96.
** South Korean exports returned to contraction in the first 20
days of October after growing in September, government data
showed on Wednesday.
** A rally is building up on U.S. stimulus hopes once again as
more investors are weighing the chances of striking a deal near
the U.S. election, Shinhan Investment and Securities' analyst
Choi Yoo-jin said.
** Shares of SK Hynix declined 1.2% after its
announcement on Tuesday to buy Intel Corp's NAND memory
chip business sparked valuation concerns.
** The White House and Democrats in the U.S. Congress moved
closer to agreement on a new coronavirus relief package as
President Donald Trump said he was willing to accept a large aid
** Foreigners were net buyers of 29.8 billion won worth of
shares on the main board.
** The won was quoted at 1,133.7 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.50% higher than its previous
close at 1,139.4.
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
was up 0.25%,.
** The KOSPI has risen 7.66% so far this year, but lost 0.3% in
the previous 30 trading sessions.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 1.3
basis points to 0.925%, while the benchmark 10-year yield rose
by 3.8 basis points to 1.499%.
(Reporting by Cynthia Kim and Jihoon Lee; editing by