* KOSPI flat, foreigners net sellers
* Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises
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SEOUL, July 2 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares ended flat on Friday, while posting
their first weekly decline in seven, as concerns about a rapid
resurgence in COVID-19 cases offset upbeat U.S. data. The won
weakened, while the benchmark bond yield rose.
** The KOSPI closed 0.28 points, or 0.01%, lower at
3,281.78, following a 0.44% decline on Thursday.
** For the week, it fell 0.64%, reversing a six-week winning
** Data on Thursday showed the number of Americans filing
new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected
last week, with layoffs plunging to a 21-year low in June.
** But risk appetite was dented as South Korea's daily count
of coronavirus cases topped 800 for Thursday, the highest in
nearly six months, due to new cluster infections and the spread
of the highly contagious Delta variant.
** Among heavyweights, technology giants Samsung Electronics
and SK Hynix slipped 0.12% and 1.61%,
respectively, while internet giant Naver added
** Foreigners were net sellers of 130.3 billion won ($114.84
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** At home, consumer inflation stayed above 2% in June for
the third consecutive month, hovering near a nine-year peak,
adding pressure on policymakers to raise interest rates sooner
rather than later.
** The won was quoted at 1,135.0 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.17% lower than its previous
close at 1,133.1.
** It fell 0.64% on a weekly basis, reversing a 0.41% gain
in the previous week.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at
1,134.6, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month
contract was quoted at 1,134.7.
** In money and debt markets, September futures on
three-year treasury bonds fell 0.02 points to 109.89.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by
1.5 basis points to 1.484%.
($1 = 1,134.6600 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Rashmi Aich)