* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises
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SEOUL, July 22 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
** South Korean shares closed over 1% higher on Thursday,
marking their best day in two months, as optimism over earnings
outweighed news that the country reported a record jump in new
COVID-19 cases. The won and the benchmark bond yield rose.
** The benchmark KOSPI ended up 34.30 points, or 1.07%,
** Among heavyweights, technology giant Samsung Electronics
rose 1.53% and peer SK Hynix added
2.14%, while LG Chem rose 1.98% and Naver
** Expectations of upbeat earnings both in the United States and
South Korea are supporting investor sentiment, while fears about
the Delta variant aren't as prevalent as before, said Seo
Sang-young, an analyst at Mirae Asset Securities.
** South Korean steelmaker POSCO on Thursday posted
a net profit of 1.8 trillion won ($2,072.95 trillion) for the
second quarter, beating forecasts.
** The Asian nation on Thursday reported a daily record of 1,842
** Foreigners were net buyers of 61.4 billion won ($53.44
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** The won was quoted at 1,149.9 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, up 0.36%.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,148.9 per
dollar, while in non-deliverable forward trading, its one-month
contract was quoted at 1,149.0.
** The won has lost 5.5% against the dollar so far this year.
** In money and debt markets, September futures on three-year
treasury bonds fell 0.07 point to 110.23.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 2.1
basis points to 1.404%, while the benchmark 10-year yield rose
by 4.8 basis points to 1.925%.
($1 = 1,148.9300 won)
(Reporting by Cynthia Kim, additional reporting by Jihoon Lee;
editing by Uttaresh.V)