* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
SEOUL, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares gained on Monday as optimism over some
progress in U.S. stimulus talks and a drop in domestic
coronavirus cases lifted sentiment. The won strengthened, while
the benchmark bond yield fell.
** By 0632 GMT, the benchmark KOSPI was up 5.21 points,
or 0.22%, at 2,346.74.
** The market was buoyed by hopes of a U.S. fiscal package, but
weaker-than-expected Chinese economic growth data capped gains,
DS Investment & Securities analyst Na Jeong-hwan said.
** Index heavyweights SK Hynix and POSCO
firmed 1.64% and 3.22%, respectively.
** U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was optimistic
legislation on a coronavirus relief package could be pushed
through before Election Day.
** South Korea reported 76 new coronavirus cases as of Sunday
midnight, extending declines after logging triple-digit
increases last week.
** Foreigners were net buyers of 43.4 billion won worth of
shares on the main board.
** The won was quoted at 1,142.0 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.47% higher than its previous
close at 1,147.4.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,141.2 per
dollar, up 0.1% from the previous day, while in non-deliverable
forward trading its one-month contract was quoted
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
was up 0.22%.
** The KOSPI has risen 6.78% so far this year, and gained 0.7%
in the previous 30 trading sessions.
** The trading volume during the session in the KOSPI index
was 911.37 million shares. Of the total traded issues of
905, the number of advancing shares was 440.
** The won has gained 1.3% against the dollar so far in 2020.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 0.9
basis points to 0.892%, while the benchmark 10-year yield fell
by 4.8 basis points to 1.441%.
(Reporting by Cynthia Kim, Jihoon Lee; Editing by Aditya Soni)