* KOSPI jumps 2.6%, foreigners purchase net $374 mln
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises
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SEOUL, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares rebounded to end higher on Tuesday,
marking its sharpest gain since Jan. 8, boosted by shares of
Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Motor, and upbeat Chinese data
** Both the won and the benchmark bond yield gained.
** The benchmark index KOSPI closed up 78.73 points,
or 2.61%, at 3,092.66.
** A 11.2% gain in auto stocks was the biggest boost, with
the country's largest carmaker Hyundai Motor surging
as much as 8.5%.
** Chip giant Samsung Electronics also jumped as
much as 3.5%, recovering from its sharpest decline in five
months on Monday after its group leader was sentenced to a
30-month jail term.
** Other heavyweights such as battery makers LG Chem
and Samsung SDI added 3.4% and 3.7%,
** KOSPI rebounded with auto sector widening gains, while
hopes for a large-scale stimulus ahead of the Senate testimony
of U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen added to the
sentiment, said Kiwoom Securities' analyst Seo Sang-young.
** Meanwhile, China's fourth-quarter GDP data on Monday
confirmed its economy is expected to maintain resilient growth
that could help underpin growth in the region.
** Foreigners were net buyers of 412.5 billion won ($373.89
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** The won ended at 1,102.9 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, up 0.09%.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,103.1
per dollar, down 0.1%, while in non-deliverable forward trading
its one-month contract was quoted at 1,102.5.
** In money and debt markets, March futures on three-year
treasury bonds fell 0.02 points to 111.58.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by
0.8 basis point to 0.976%.
($1 = 1,103.2800 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh, additional reporting by Jihoon Lee;
editing by Uttaresh.V)