* KOSPI falls, foreigners net sellers
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
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SEOUL, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares slumped on Monday as surging
coronavirus infections at home and abroad clouded the global
economic outlook, sapping risk appetite. The won rose to its
highest level since late-March 2019, while the benchmark bond
** The benchmark KOSPI closed 16.90 points, or
0.72%, lower at 2,343.91.
** Domestic cases of COVID-19 rose by 119 as of Sunday
midnight, nearly doubling from 61 a day earlier, while new cases
sharply rose in the United States and France.
** Shares of Samsung Electronics and affiliates
jumped after the death of Chairman Lee Kun-hee a day earlier
sparked hopes for stake sales, higher dividends and long-awaited
** Celltrion Inc said it received an emergency
use authorisation from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for
its rapid COVID-19 testing kit Sampinute, boosting shares of
affiliate Celltrion Pharm.
** Hyundai Motor and affiliates Kia Motors
and Hyundai Mobis soared even as the
carmaker reported a net loss in the third quarter.
** "The market seems to be sensitive to the second waves of
coronavirus materialising, while it awaits the U.S. election,
corporate earnings and (South Korea's) third-quarter GDP data,"
said Na Jeong-hwan, DS Investment & Securities' analyst.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 118.8 billion won ($105.36
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** The won ended trading at 1,127.7 per dollar on the
onshore settlement platform, up 0.46% and the
strongest close since March 21, 2019.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,127.6
per dollar, steady from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
was quoted at 1,127.5.
** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year
treasury bonds rose 0.02 points to 111.86.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by
0.1 basis points to 0.910%.
($1 = 1,127.5500 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh; Additional reporting by Jihoon Lee;
Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)