* KOSPI rises, foreigners net sellers
* Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls
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SEOUL, March 16 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets:
** South Korean shares rose on Tuesday as Samsung Electronics and other blue-chip tech stocks tracked Wall Street peers higher on hopes for an economic recovery, while a drop in U.S. bond yields also boosted sentiment.
** The Korean won strengthened, while the benchmark bond yield fell.
** The benchmark KOSPI rose 21.46 points, or 0.70%, to 3,067.17 as of 0632 GMT, recovering from a 0.28% decline on Monday.
** Among the heavyweights, technology giant Samsung Electronics rose 1.22% and peer SK Hynix jumped 2.93%, while LG Chem fell 7.76% and Naver rose 0.65%.
** Buying from institutional investors buoyed the Kospi, but gains were capped ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting, said Na Jeong-hwan, an analyst at DS Investment & Securities.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 27.9 billion won worth of shares on the main board.
** The won was quoted at 1,129.7 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform, 0.58% higher than its previous close at 1,136.3.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,130.3 per dollar, up 0.2% from the previous day, while in non-deliverable forward trading, its one-month contract was quoted at 1,129.4.
** The KOSPI has risen 6.74% so far this year, and lost 2.5% in the previous 30 trading sessions.
** The trading volume during the session in the KOSPI index was 1,111.84 million shares. Of the total traded issues of 912, the number of advancing shares was 557.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by 6.6 basis points to 1.181%, while the benchmark 10-year yield fell by 5.4 basis points to 2.100%. (Reporting by Cynthia Kim; Additional reporting by Jihoon Lee; Editing by Devika Syamnath)