* KOSPI rises, foreigners net sellers * Korean won strengthens against U.S. dollar * South Korea benchmark bond yield falls SEOUL, May 25 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets: ** South Korean shares rebounded on Wednesday, following a sharp drop in the previous session, with investor sentiment improving on gains in U.S. stock futures. The Korean won strengthened, while the benchmark bond yield fell. ** The benchmark KOSPI rose 17.46 points, or 0.67%, to 2,623.33 as of 0113 GMT, recouping some losses from a sharp 1.6% decline a day earlier. ** Local market was little pressured by Wall Street's overnight losses, with downside factors already priced in during the previous session, said Kiwoom Securities' analyst Kim Sae-hun. ** Investors are also eyeing the minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest monetary policy meeting, which is due later the day. ** Meanwhile, South Korea's central bank is likely to hike its benchmark rate at a second consecutive meeting on Thursday to combat inflation running at more than double its target. ** Among heavyweights, technology giant Samsung Electronics rose 0.15%, but peer SK Hynix fell 0.46%, while battery maker LG Energy Solution dropped 2.17%. ** Another battery maker Samsung SDI gained 0.85% after announcing of a more than $2.5 billion investment plan to build a joint venture battery plant with Stellantis NV. ** Foreigners were net sellers of 85.5 billion won ($67.68 million) worth of shares on the main board. ** The won was quoted at 1,263.8 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform , up 0.19%. ** In offshore trading, the won was quoted at 1,263.8 per dollar, down 0.2%, while in non-deliverable forward trading, its one-month contract was quoted at 1,263.6. ** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year treasury bonds rose 0.07 point to 105.74. ** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by 2.8 basis points to 2.939%, while the benchmark 10-year yield fell by 3.0 basis points to 3.186%. ($1 = 1,263.3700 won) (Reporting by Jihoon Lee; editing by Uttaresh.V)
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