* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
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SEOUL, July 12 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
** South Korean shares posted their biggest daily rise in
nearly two months on Monday, tracking Wall Street's record
closing highs, though gains were capped by spiking COVID-19
cases and caution ahead of U.S. inflation data due this week.
** The won strengthened, while the benchmark bond yield
** The benchmark KOSPI ended 28.52 points, or 0.89%,
higher at 3,246.47, logging the sharpest gain since May 18 and
rebounding from a 1.07% decline on Friday.
** Among heavyweights, technology giant Samsung Electronics
rose 0.38%, while peer SK Hynix added
0.42%. Battery maker LG Chem and internet giant
Naver gained 0.72% and 1.92%, respectively.
** Foreigners were net buyers of 35.9 billion won ($31.39
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** South Korea's toughest anti-COVID-19 curbs took effect in
Seoul to quell its worst-ever outbreak, with the country
reporting 1,100 new cases for Sunday.
** The outlook for U.S. inflation and the speed of the
Federal Reserve's future policy tightening are back in focus
ahead of Tuesday's consumer price data and Fed Chairman Jerome
Powell's testimony from Wednesday.
** Meanwhile, South Korean exports for the first 10 days of
July rose 14.1% year-on-year, according to customs agency data,
which slowed from a 40.8% surge in the June 1-10 period.
** The won ended at 1,147.0 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.18% higher than its previous
close at 1,149.1.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at
1,145.7, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month
contract was quoted at 1,146.5.
** In money and debt markets, September futures on
three-year treasury bonds rose 0.02 point to 110.34.
** The benchmark 10-year yield fell by 0.8 basis point to
($1 = 1,143.7300 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)