* KOSPI falls, foreigners net sellers
* Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
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SEOUL, July 7 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares fell on Wednesday by their most in
more than two weeks, as the country reported its second-highest
number of daily new COVID-19 cases ever. The won weakened, while
the benchmark bond yield fell.
** The benchmark KOSPI ended down 19.87 points, or
0.60%, at 3,285.34, marking its biggest decline since June 21.
** South Korea reported 1,212 new cases on Wednesday, with
health authorities considering pushing restrictions back up to
the highest level.
** Shares of chip giant Samsung Electronics
dropped 0.49% even after the company reported a likely 53% jump
in second-quarter operating profit, beating market estimates on
the back of strong chip prices and demand despite lower
** Peer SK Hynix slid 1.20%, while carmaker
Hyundai Motor and battery maker LG Chem
fell 1.69% and 0.11%, respectively.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 341.7 billion won worth of
shares on the main board.
** Investors were awaiting minutes from the U.S. Federal
Reserve's June meeting for clues on its monetary policy.
** The won ended at 1,138.1 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.74% lower than its previous
close at 1,129.7.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,137.9
per dollar, down 0.1% from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
was quoted at 1,137.4.
** In money and debt markets, September futures on
three-year treasury bonds rose 0.19 point to 110.19.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by
5.1 basis points to 1.414%, while the benchmark 10-year yield
fell by 8.1 basis points to 2.039%.
(Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)