* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises
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SEOUL, May 31 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares ended higher on Monday, led by
foreign buying, and notched a seventh straight monthly gain as
investors looked ahead to May exports data and a key U.S. jobs
report later this week. Both the won and the benchmark bond
** The KOSPI closed up 15.19 points, or 0.48%, to
3,203.92. It ended 1.78% higher for May.
** Among the heavyweights, chip giants Samsung Electronics
and SK Hynix rose 0.50% and 1.60%,
respectively, internet giant Naver added 1.26%.
** Foreigners turned net buyers, picking up 520.9 billion
won ($468.89 million) worth of shares on the main board. They,
however, sold 8.52 trillion won for the whole of May, Korea
Exchange data showed, the biggest monthly amount since March
** South Korea's May exports are expected to have risen at
their quickest pace in over three decades, thanks in part to
strong global demand for the nation's key foreign exchange
earners such as semiconductors, cars and petroleum products.
** Meanwhile, Monday data showed the country's April factory
output unexpectedly declined from March but logged the fastest
expansion in almost three years on a year-on-year basis.
** The won ended at 1,110.9 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.41% higher than its previous
close at 1,115.5.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,110.8
per dollar, up 0.2% from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
was quoted at 1,110.1.
** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year
treasury bonds fell 0.18 points to 110.71.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by
6.6 basis points to 1.228%.
($1 = 1,110.9300 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.)