* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises
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SEOUL, March 23 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
** South Korean shares ended at a near three-week high on
Wednesday after technology stocks gained tracking Wall Street
overnight, as investors continued to assess developments in the
** The Korean won strengthened, while the benchmark bond
** The benchmark KOSPI ended up 25.05 points, or
0.92%, at 2,735.05, its highest close since March 3.
** Leading the gains, chip giant Samsung Electronics
rose 0.28%. Battery maker LG Energy Solution
and web portal operator Naver added
2.39% and 1.77%, respectively.
** The rally comes after the U.S. tech-heavy Nasdaq index
jumped 2% on gains in big growth names such as Apple Inc
, Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com Inc.
** Talks between Ukraine and Russia are confrontational but
moving forward, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Wednesday,
as the West plans to announce more sanctions against the Kremlin
amid a worsening humanitarian crisis.
** At home, the presidential office on Wednesday nominated
veteran International Monetary Fund official Rhee Chang-yong as
its new central bank chief, a pick who is widely expected to
continue the bank's efforts to curb inflation with aggressive
interest rate hikes.
** Meanwhile, the country's total coronavirus infections
topped 10 million, or nearly 20% of its population, authorities
said on Wednesday.
** Foreigners were net buyers of 60.4 billion won ($49.75
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** The won ended at 1,213.8 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.35% higher than its previous
close at 1,218.1.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at
1,213.5, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month
contract was quoted at 1,214.1.
** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year
treasury bonds fell 0.08 point to 106.92.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by
2.6 basis points to 2.425%.
($1 = 1,214.1200 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel)