S.Korean shares post biggest monthly fall in nearly 4 years



* KOSPI ends month 13% lower, sharpest in 4 years

* Korean won posts worst month since Sept. 2011

* South Korea benchmark bond yield falls

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SEOUL, June 30 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean financial markets:

** South Korean shares fell sharply on Thursday, and posted their biggest monthly fall in nearly four years on worries over high inflation and an impending recession. The Korean won was little changed, while the benchmark bond yield fell.

** The benchmark KOSPI .KS11 ended down 45.35 points, or 1.91%, at 2,332.64. The index ended the month 13.2% lower, its biggest drop since October 2018. It fell 15.4% for the quarter, its largest decline since the first quarter of 2020.

** Investors are cautious ahead of U.S. PCE inflation data, said Mirae Asset Securities' analyst Park Kwang-nam, adding that gains in China are not helping much as markets are more keen on the broader global economy.

** China stocks jumped as data showed factory activity expanded for the first time in four months after authorities ended the lockdown in Shanghai.

** Among local heavyweights, technology giant Samsung Electronics 005930.KS fell 1.72% and peer SK Hynix 000660.KS dropped 3.19%.

** Battery maker LG Energy Solution 373220.KS slumped 5.24%, while its peers Samsung SDI 006400.KS and SK Innovation 096770.KS lost 6.67% and 4%, respectively.

** Foreigners were net sellers of 234.4 billion won ($180.57 million) worth of shares on the main board. For the month, they sold net 5.56 trillion won, the most since August last year.

** The won was last quoted at 1,298.4 per dollar on the onshore settlement platform KRW=KFTC , 0.05% higher than its previous close. The currency weakened 4.71% for the month, its worst fall since September 2011, and 6.65% for the quarter, its biggest drop since the last quarter of 2016.

** In money and debt markets, September futures on three-year treasury bonds KTBc1 rose 0.04 point to 103.46 in late afternoon trade.

** The most liquid three-year Korean treasury bond yield rose by 0.6 basis points to 3.553%, while the benchmark 10-year yield fell by 1.7 basis points to 3.650%. ($1 = 1,298.1200 won)


Reporting by Jihoon Lee; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel

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