* KOSPI rises, foreigners net buyers * Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar * South Korea benchmark bond yield falls SEOUL, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korean shares gained on Tuesday, tracking Asian markets that rose on hopes of a coronavirus vaccine, with upbeat Chinese economic data aiding sentiment. The won gained, while the benchmark bond yield fell. ** By 0235 GMT, the benchmark KOSPI rose 12.66 points, or 0.52%, to 2,440.57. ** Asian equities took cues from a higher finish overnight on Wall Street, while data showed China's industrial output expanded for a fifth straight month in August and retail sales grew for the first time this year. ** Investors' focus is on central banks. The U.S. Federal Reserve starts its two-day policy meeting on Tuesday, while the Bank of Japan and the Bank of England will announce their policy decisions later this week. ** Meanwhile, cases of the novel coronavirus in South Korea steadily fell since the government imposed unprecedented social distancing curbs, with the country reporting 106 new infections as of Tuesday. ** Foreigners were net buyers of 49.2 billion won ($41.66 million) worth of shares on the main board. ** The won was quoted at 1,180.7 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform , 0.24% higher than its previous close at 1,183.5. ** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,180.9 per dollar, while in non-deliverable forward trading, its one-month contract was quoted at 1,180.5. ** MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 1.06%. ** In money and debt markets, September futures on three-year treasury bonds rose 0.07 point to 111.95. ** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by 1.5 basis points to 0.906%, while the benchmark 10-year yield fell by 1.2 basis points to 1.506%. ($1 = 1,180.8700 won) (Reporting by Joori Roh; editing by Uttaresh.V)
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