S.Korea stocks fall for fourth session on rising virus cases

    * KOSPI falls, foreigners net sellers
    * Korean won weakens against U.S. dollar
    * South Korea benchmark bond yield falls

    SEOUL, July 21 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:
** South Korean shares fell for a fourth straight session on
Wednesday as worries over the economic impact of spiking
coronavirus cases outweighed positive sentiment from upbeat
trade data. The won weakened, while the benchmark bond yield
** The benchmark KOSPI         fell 15.47 points, or 0.48%, to
3,217.23, as of 0300 GMT.
** Among heavyweights, technology giant Samsung Electronics
            fell 0.51% and peer SK Hynix             dropped
1.27%. LG Chem             fell 0.61% and Naver             shed
** South Korea reported a daily record of 1,784 coronavirus
cases for Tuesday, breaking a mark set last week, as the country
grapples with a surge in Delta-driven outbreaks, the Korea
Disease Control and Prevention Agency said.                
** South Korea's exports in the first 20 days of July jumped
32.8% to $32.58 billion from a year earlier, customs agency data
** Record virus cases hurt investor sentiment but the latest
trade data was an underlying support for the Kospi, said Lee
Won, an analyst at Bookook Securities.    
** Foreigners were net sellers of 345.3 billion won worth of
shares on the main board. 
** The won was quoted at 1,151.2 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.07% lower than its previous
close at 1,150.4.
** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,151.3 per
dollar, down 0.3% from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
              was quoted at 1,150.7.
** The KOSPI has risen 11.96% so far this year, and lost 0.5% in
the previous 30 trading sessions.
** In money and debt markets, September futures on three-year
treasury bonds         rose 0.10 point to 110.29.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by 1.8
basis points to 1.390%, while the benchmark 10-year yield fell
by 3.2 basis points to 1.859%.

 (Reporting by Cynthia Kim; Additional reporting by Jihoon Lee;
Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)