* KOSPI rises, foreigners net sellers
* Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
SEOUL, May 6 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares rose on Thursday tracking overnight Wall
Street gains, as investors focussed on optimism over upbeat
corporate earnings in both the United States and at home. The
won weakened, while the benchmark bond yield fell.
** The benchmark KOSPI rose 20.43 points, or 0.65%, to
3,167.80 as of 01:32 GMT.
** Among the heavyweights, technology giant Samsung Electronics
fell 0.61% and peer SK Hynix slipped
2.27%, while LG Chem rose 0.22% and Naver
inched 0.27% lower.
** U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that she
does not anticipate that inflation will be a problem for the
U.S. economy, as price increases during the recovery should be
** Yellen's comments haven't pushed down local shares after she
clarified some of her comments about the need to raise interest
rates, and volatility over lifting of short-sell ban seems to be
also easing, said Lee Won, an analyst at Bookook Securities.
** Bank of Korea board members said the bank shouldn't be in a
rush to tighten monetary policy despite an expected pickup in
the economy due to uncertainties over COVID-19, minutes of its
April meeting released on Tuesday showed.
** Foreigners were net buyers of 25.9 billion won ($23.03
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** The won was quoted at 1,124.4 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.16% lower than its previous
close at 1,122.6.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,124.1 per
dollar, up 0.1% from the previous day, while in non-deliverable
forward trading its one-month contract was quoted
** The KOSPI has risen 10.24% so far this year, and gained 4.7%
in the previous 30 trading sessions.
($1 = 1,124.5500 won)
(Reporting by Cynthia Kim, additional reporting by Jihoon Lee;
Editing by Rashmi Aich)