* KOSPI falls 2%, closes at 19-month low
* Korean won hits 27-month low against U.S. dollar
* South Korea benchmark bond yield inches down
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SEOUL, June 20 (Reuters) - Round-up of South Korean
** South Korean shares fell 2% on Monday, underperforming
most Asian peers to end at a 19-month low, as investor sentiment
dampened on global economic recession concerns. The won touched
its 27-month low, while the benchmark bond yield inched down.
** The benchmark KOSPI ended down 49.90 points, or
2.04%, at 2,391.03, its lowest close since Nov. 4, 2020.
** Technology giant Samsung Electronics and peer
SK Hynix fell 1.84% and 1.97%, respectively,
dragging the index lower. Battery maker LG Energy Solution
also dropped 3.29%.
** Foreigners were net sellers of 662.4 billion won ($512.81
million) worth of shares on the main board.
** Only 62 of the total 930 traded issues advanced.
** Worries of economic recession intensified globally, but
local stock losses were much bigger than broader Asian markets,
said Daishin Securities' analyst Lee Kyoung-min, adding, a heavy
sell-off by foreigners and seemingly forced-selling of retail
investors' leveraged holdings further weighed on the market.
** South Korea's finance minister reiterated the forex
authorities' recent stance that they would take necessary steps
to stabilise the currency market in case of excessive
** The won was last quoted at 1,292.4 per dollar on the
onshore settlement platform, 0.39% lower than the
previous session and its lowest close since July 14, 2009.
During the session, the currency touched its lowest intraday
level since March 19, 2020 at 1295.3.
** In offshore trading, the won was quoted flat at
1,291.8 per dollar, while in non-deliverable forward trading its
one-month contract was quoted at 1,291.4.
** In money and debt markets, June futures on three-year
treasury bonds rose 0.04 point to 103.65 in late
** The most liquid 3-year Korean treasury bond yield fell by
1.1 basis points to 3.724%, while the benchmark 10-year yield
fell by 1.4 basis points to 3.781%.
($1 = 1,291.7000 won)
(Reporting by Jihoon Lee; Editing by Rashmi Aich)