* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers

* Korean won strengthens against dollar

* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls

SEOUL, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets:

** South Korean shares rose on Thursday and were set for a third straight weekly gain after the S&P 500 rose 0.8% a day prior on overall strength in U.S. earnings.

South Korean markets will be closed on Feb. 9 and Feb. 12 for the lunar new year holidays.

** The won strengthened, while the benchmark bond yield fell.

** The benchmark KOSPI was up 13.71 points, or 0.53%, at 2,623.29 by 02:48 GMT. For the week, the index is up 0.3% so far, on track for a third consecutive week of gains.

** Among index heavyweights, chipmaker Samsung Electronics fell 0.67% and peer SK Hynix gained 2.17%, while battery maker LG Energy Solution climbed 1.17%.

** Hyundai Motor added 1.02% and sister automaker Kia Corp lost 0.61%, while search engine Naver and instant messenger Kakao advanced 0.98% and 0.56%, respectively.

** Of the total 935 traded issues, 479 shares advanced, while 388 declined.

** Foreigners were net buyers of shares worth 110 billion won ($82.84 million) on the main board on Thursday.

** The won was quoted at 1,327.4 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.03% higher than its previous close at 1,327.8.

** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,327.6 per dollar, up 0.1% on the day, while in non-deliverable forward trading, the one-month contract was quoted at 1,325.8.

** The KOSPI has fallen 1.20% so far this year, but gained 0.4% in the last 30 trading sessions.

** The won has lost 3% against the dollar so far this year. ** In money and debt markets, March futures on three-year treasury bonds rose 0.01 point to 104.85.

** The most liquid three-year Korean treasury bond yield was flat at 3.286%, while the benchmark 10-year yield fell by 0.1 basis points to 3.377%. ($1 = 1,327.8000 won) (Reporting by Cynthia Kim; Editing by Sonia Cheema)