* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers
* Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield rises
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SEOUL, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial
** South Korean shares ended at a more than seven-week high
on Wednesday on gains in internet-sector stocks and strong
foreign inflows, helped by easing concerns about Sino-U.S.
tensions over a top U.S. diplomat's visit to Taiwan. The won
weakened, while the benchmark bond yield rose.
** The benchmark KOSPI ended up 21.83 points, or
0.89%, at 2,461.45, its highest closing level since June 14.
** U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was on
a trip to Taiwan, visiting its parliament and chip manufacturing
companies that had invoked China's military actions, unnerving
** The market could avoid the worst scenario with China's
responses limited at Taiwan and Pelosi's remarks turning out to
be not so much concerning, said Mirae Asset Securities analyst
** Among the heavyweights, technology giant Samsung
Electronics fell 0.65%, while peer SK Hynix
and battery maker LG Energy Solution
rose 1.04% and 4.80%, respectively.
** Leading the gains, internet platform operators Naver
and Kakao advanced 3.86% and 5.85%,
respectively. Kakaopay and Kakaobank
also advanced 5.42% and 3.46%, each.
** Foreigners were net buyers for a fifth straight session,
buying shares worth 474.4 billion won ($361.92 million), in
their longest purchasing rally since early January.
** The won was last quoted at 1,310.3 per dollar on the
onshore settlement platform, 0.43% lower than its
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted up 0.1% at
1,310.8 per dollar, while in non-deliverable forward trading its
one-month contract was quoted at 1,309.8.
** In money and debt markets, September futures on
three-year treasury bonds fell 0.20 point to 105.36 in
late afternoon trade.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by
4.5 basis points to 3.067%, while the benchmark 10-year yield
rose by 3.3 basis points to 3.132%.
($1 = 1,310.7700 won)
(Reporting by Jihoon Lee; Editing by Rashmi Aich)