S.Korean shares end at 20-month low on recession worries
* KOSPI falls over 2%, closes at 20-month low
* Korean won hits 13-year low against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield drops
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SEOUL, July 6 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets:
** South Korean shares closed more than 2% lower on Wednesday at their lowest since late-October 2020, as recession worries outweighed hopes for easing inflationary pressures. The won hit a 13-year low, while the benchmark bond yield dropped.
** The benchmark KOSPI .KS11 ended down 49.77 points, or 2.13%, at 2,292.01, the lowest close since October 30, 2020.
** The local market seemed to react positively to a fall in oil prices early in the session, but worries of economic recession deepened, with investors bracing for the earnings season, said Seo Jung-hun, analyst at Samsung Securities.
** Among heavyweights, technology giant Samsung Electronics 005930.KS fell 1.40% and peer SK Hynix 000660.KS lost 0.43%.
** LG Energy Solution 373220.KS rose 2.49% after reports that the battery maker will sign a supply deal worth a trillion won ($765.26 million) with Isuzu Motors in Japan.
** SK IE Technology 361610.KS dropped 14.35% to a record low after private equity fund Premier Superior's clean-up of 283 billion won ($216.57 million) worth of stake.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 314.0 billion won ($240.29 million) worth of shares on the main board.
** The won was last quoted at 1,306.3 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform KRW=KFTC , down 0.46%, after hitting the lowest since July 13, 2009 at 1311.0.
** In offshore trading, the won KRW= was quoted up 0.1%, while in non-deliverable forward trading its one-month contract KRW1MNDFOR= was quoted at 1,306.3.
** In money and debt markets, September futures on three-year treasury bonds KTBc1 rose 0.36 point to 104.77 in late afternoon trade.
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by 12.5 basis points to 3.190%, hitting the lowest since early June, while the benchmark 10-year yield fell by 13.4 basis points to 3.254%, the lowest since May 31. ($1 = 1,306.7400 won)
Reporting by Jihoon Lee; editing by Uttaresh.V
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