S.Korea stocks track Wall St gains, U.S. inflation data in focus

    * KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers
    * Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar
    * South Korea benchmark bond yield rises

    SEOUL, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:
    ** South Korean shares rose on Tuesday, driven by strong
foreign buying following overnight gains on Wall Street, while
investors awaited U.S. August inflation data due later in the
day. The won strengthened and the benchmark bond yield rose.
    ** The KOSPI         rose 27.12 points, or 0.87%, to
3,154.98 as of 0205 GMT, set to extend gains to a third session.
    ** Chip giants Samsung Electronics             and SK Hynix
            jumped 1.70% and 1.41%, respectively, while web
portal firm Naver             dropped 2.57% and platform company
Kakao             slid 4.02%.
    ** Foreigners were net buyers of 224.5 billion won ($191.46
million) worth of shares on the main board. 
    ** Meanwhile, market participants focussed on U.S. consumer
price data for a broad picture of the country's economic
recovery ahead of the Federal Reserve's meeting next week.
    ** The won was quoted at 1,172.8 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.27% higher than its previous
close at 1,176.0.
    ** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,172.1
per dollar, up 0.1% from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading, its one-month contract
              was quoted at 1,172.2.
    ** In money and debt markets, September futures on
three-year treasury bonds         fell 0.06 points to 110.07.
    ** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by
3.0 basis points to 1.553%, while the benchmark 10-year yield
rose by 2.5 basis points to 2.060%.

($1 = 1,172.5500 won)

 (Reporting by Joori Roh; Editing by Devika Syamnath)