* KOSPI falls, foreigners net sellers
* Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises
SEOUL, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares fell on Tuesday, tracking Wall Street
losses, as investors worried equities may be running too hot and
weighed the possibility of tapering by the Federal Reserve. The
Korean won weakened, while the benchmark bond yield rose.
** By 0132 GMT, the benchmark KOSPI fell 13.92 points,
or 0.44%, to 3,134.53.
** The KOSPI has risen 9.09% so far this year, and gained 21.0%
in the previous 30 trading sessions.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 445.6 billion won ($405.21
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** There is some profit-taking as investors began to debate
whether higher interest rates in the United States could
jeopardize the current environment of easy financial conditions,
said Seo Sang-young, an analyst at Kiwoom Securities.
** Dallas Federal Reserve President Robert Kaplan on Monday said
he expects broad distribution of coronavirus vaccines to unleash
strong economic growth later this year, allowing the U.S.
central bank to begin to pull back on some of its extraordinary
** Shares of Samsung Electronics fell 0.88%, while
mobile app operator Kakao lost 0.7%.
** The won was quoted at 1,099.4 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform, 0.19% lower than its previous
close at 1,097.3.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,099.4 per
dollar, down 0.2% from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
was quoted at 1,098.7.
** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan
was down 0.45%.
** The trading volume during the session in the KOSPI index
was 576.15 million shares. Of the total traded issues of
904, the number of advancing shares was 449.
** The won has lost 1.2% against the dollar so far this year.
** In money and debt markets, March futures on three-year
treasury bonds fell 0.06 points to 111.53.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 1.3
basis points to 0.983%, while the benchmark 10-year yield rose
by 2.7 basis points to 1.720%.
(Reporting by Cynthia Kim; Additional reporting by Jihoon Lee;
Editing by Ramakrishnan M.)