* KOSPI ends at 3-week high
* Foreigners' net buying of KOSPI shares largest since March
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
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SEOUL, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares ended at a near three-week high on
Wednesday, driven by strong foreign inflows into chip
heavyweights, offsetting worries about rising cases of
corovirus' Delta variant. The won gained, while the benchmark
bond yield fell.
** The KOSPI ended up 43.24 points, or 1.34%, at
3,280.38, its highest closing since July 15 and extending gains
to a third straight session.
** Foreigners bought net 914.2 billion won ($799.58 million)
worth of shares on the main KOSPI board, the largest daily
amount since March 11.
** On Tuesday, they purchased net 689.6 billion won worth of
shares in chip giants Samsung Electronics and SK
Hynix, Korea Exchange data showed.
** Samsung Electronics jumped 1.84%, while peer SK Hynix
added 0.83%. Internet giant Naver and messenger app
operator Kakao also soared 1.17% and 3.82%,
** South Korea posted a sharp increase in its coronavirus
cases on Wednesday, nearing the record daily infections marked
last week, as it struggled to tame its fourth wave of
** Most of the Bank of Korea's seven board members said
policy tightening is needed to put a brake on the country's
red-hot property market, minutes of a July 15 board meeting
showed, raising the odds of a rate hike.
** The won ended at 1,143.6 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.41% higher than last close at
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,143.5
per dollar, up 0.4% from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
was quoted at 1,143.8.
** In money and debt markets, September futures on
three-year treasury bonds rose 0.10 points to 110.29.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by
2.4 basis points to 1.418%, while the benchmark 10-year yield
fell by 2.2 basis points to 1.868%.
($1 = 1,143.3500 won)
(Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Rashmi Aich)