* KOSPI falls, foreigners net sellers
* Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
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SEOUL, May 17 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares closed lower on Monday as investor
sentiment was dented by spikes in COVID-19 cases across Taiwan,
Singapore and other parts in the region. The Korean won
weakened, while the benchmark bond yield fell.
** The benchmark KOSPI ended 18.80 points, or 0.60%,
lower at 3,134.52.
** Among the heavyweights, technology giant Samsung Electronics
fell 0.62% and peer SK Hynix slid 0.84%.
LG Chem and Naver rose 0.70% and 0.44%,
** Higher cases of the novel coronavirus fanned worries about
potential production halt of chips in Taiwan, while inflation
worries lingered, said Choi Yoo-june, an analyst at Shinhan
Investment & Securities.
** Taiwan is racing to contain its worst outbreak, while
chipmaking giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd
said it was reducing movement of people across chip
** Foreigners were net sellers of 599.7 billion won ($528.66
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** The won was quoted at 1,134.8 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, down 0.55%.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,134.5 per
dollar, down 0.8%, while in non-deliverable forward trading its
one-month contract was quoted at 1,134.2.
** The KOSPI has risen 9.08% so far this year, and gained 2.1%
in the previous 30 trading sessions.
** The trading volume was 758.88 million shares. Of the total
traded issues of 908, the number of advancing shares was 277.
** The won has lost 4.3% against the dollar this year.
** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year
treasury bonds rose 0.06 points to 111.01.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by 1.1
basis points to 1.105%, while the benchmark 10-year yield fell
by 4.5 basis points to 2.115%.
($1 = 1,134.3700 won)
(Reporting by Cynthia Kim, additional reporting by Jihoon Lee;
editing by Uttaresh.V)