* KOSPI falls, foreigners net sellers
* Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
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SEOUL, July 19 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
** South Korean shares ended 1% lower on Monday, pulled down
by technology heavyweights, as growing inflationary pressures
and concerns over the surge in COVID-19 cases dampened risk
appetite. The won and the benchmark bond yield weakened.
** The benchmark KOSPI closed down 32.87 points, or
1%, at 3,244.04, marking the lowest close since July 9.
** Technology giant Samsung Electronics fell 1%,
while peer SK Hynix tumbled 2.06%. Internet giant
Naver and battery maker LG Chem slid
0.89% and 0.97%, respectively.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 454.0 billion won ($397.72
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** Global economic growth is beginning to show signs of
fatigue while many countries, particularly in Asia, are
struggling to curb the highly contagious Delta variant of the
coronavirus and have been forced into some form of lockdown.
** At home, the government's tougher COVID-19 restrictions
on private gatherings were expanded to outside the Seoul
metropolitan area, as the country struggles to contain its worst
** Last week, U.S. data showed that retail sales
unexpectedly increased in June on strong demand for goods, while
consumer sentiment fell sharply and unexpectedly in early July
to a five-month low on inflation worries.
** The won ended at 1,147.8 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.72% lower than its previous
close at 1,139.5.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,147.5
per dollar, down 0.5% from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
was quoted at 1,147.5.
** In money and debt markets, September futures on
three-year treasury bonds rose 0.03 points to 110.04.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by
2.1 basis points to 1.466%, while the benchmark 10-year yield
fell by 3.0 basis points to 1.975%.
($1 = 1,141.5100 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)