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S.Korea stocks slip as investors flock to Wall Street on strong U.S. earnings

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

    SEOUL, July 26 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
financial markets:
    
    ** South Korean shares fell on Monday as investors flocked
to Wall Street on optimism over strong U.S. corporate earnings.
Both the won and the benchmark bond yield fell.
    
    ** The KOSPI         slipped 9.99 points, or 0.31%, to
3,244.43 by 0153 GMT.
    
    ** Among the heavyweights, technology giant Samsung
Electronics             fell 0.25%, while peer SK Hynix
            gained 0.42%. Battery maker LG Chem             and
messenger app operator Kakao             dropped 1.09% and
1.34%, respectively.
    
    ** More than one third of S&P 500 is set to report quarterly
results this week, headlined by Facebook Inc       , Tesla Inc
        , Apple Inc         , Alphabet Inc          , Microsoft
Corp          and Amazon.com         .             
    
    ** Worries about the highly infectious Delta COVID-19
variant also pressured South Korea stocks. 
    
    ** South Korea will tighten social-distancing rules across
most of the country this week as it continued to report
four-digit daily infections for 20 days in a row and on worries
that the worst-ever COVID-19 wave might spread further during
the summer holiday season.             
    
    ** Foreigners were net sellers of 130.8 billion won ($113.50
million) worth of shares on the main board. 
    
    ** The won was quoted at 1,152.8 per dollar on the onshore
settlement platform           , 0.17% lower than its previous
close at 1,150.8.
    
    ** In offshore trading, the won        was quoted at 1,152.8
per dollar, down 0.1% from the previous day, while in
non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract
              was quoted at 1,152.8.
    
    ** In money and debt markets, September futures on
three-year treasury bonds         rose 0.02 points to 110.32.
    
    ** The benchmark 10-year yield fell by 1.1 basis points to
1.877%.

($1 = 1,152.4000 won)

 (Reporting by Joori Roh; editing by Vinay Dwivedi)
  
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