* KOSPI falls, foreigners net buyers
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
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SEOUL, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares closed lower on Wednesday as growing
bets of an earlier-than-expected tightening in U.S. monetary
policy lifted Treasury yields, and daily cases of COVID-19 in
the country touched a record.
** The won gained, while the benchmark bond yield fell.
** The KOSPI ended down 3.04 points, or 0.10%, at
** South Korea reported a daily record of 4,116 new cases
for Tuesday, as the country battles to contain a spike in
serious cases after switching to its "living with COVID-19"
** Among heavyweights, technology giant Samsung Electronics
fell 0.66%, while peer SK Hynix and
battery maker LG Chem added 0.42% and 0.95%,
respectively. Platform company Naver slid 1.25%.
** Foreigners were net buyers of 316.6 billion won ($266.89
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** Taylor, Texas has been picked as the location for
Samsung's new $17 billion plant to make advanced chips for
functions such as mobile, 5G, high-performance computing and
artificial intelligence, the company said.
** New Zealand's central bank lifted interest rates for the
second time in as many months on Wednesday, just a day before
South Korea's central bank holds the last policy meeting of the
year, where it is widely expected to raise rates.
** The won was quoted at 1,186.5 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, up 0.27%.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,186.1
per dollar, up 0.3%, while in non-deliverable forward trading,
its one-month contract was quoted at 1,186.6.
** In money and debt markets, December futures on three-year
treasury bonds rose 0.07 point to 108.40.
** The benchmark 10-year yield fell by 0.6 basis point to
($1 = 1,186.2500 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh; editing by Uttaresh.V)