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(LEAD) S. Korean currency rises by largest margin in 13 years on eased inflation woes

Finance 15:49 November 11, 2022

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout; RECASTS headline; ADDS photo)

SEOUL, Nov. 11 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean currency ended sharply higher Friday on hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve could slow the pace of aggressive monetary tightening over eased inflation woes, market watchers said.

The local currency closed at 1,318.40 won against the U.S. dollar, up 59.1 won from the previous session's close.

It was the largest single-session growth since Oct. 30, 2008, when the country saw the local currency spike 177 won.

The won's strength came as a U.S. government report showed inflation marked the lowest annual increase since January to come to 7.7 percent. The figure was better than economists' expectations of 7.9 percent.

The cooling inflation raised hopes that the Fed will rethink its strong push for interest rate hikes, according to the market watchers.

The won has been one of the worst performers among major currencies amid the dollar's continued ascent. It plunged to as low as 1,444.2 won on Oct. 25, the lowest figure in nearly 14 years.

Seoul stocks also surged Friday, with the benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) adding 80.93 points, or 3.37 percent, to 2,483.16.

Monitors at a Hana Bank dealing room in Seoul show the benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index and the Korean currency to U.S. dollar exchange rate on Nov. 11, 2022. (Yonhap)

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