Taiwan Semiconductor Manu-facturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) and other Asian producers of made-to-order chips were raised to "overweight" by Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB), which said the companies' share prices lag behind other technology stocks.
Shares of TSMC, the world's largest supplier of made-to-order chips, have risen 0.7 percent since May 31, underperforming the 3.6 percent gain in the TAIEX' electronics index. The stock was steady at NT$53.00 yesterday.
"Foundries have been the worst performing sub-sector within tech since the end of May," analysts Manish Nigam and Venugopal Garre wrote in a report dated Thursday. "We are fairly confident about tech end demand."
United Microelectronics Corp (UMC, 聯電), the next biggest maker of made-to-order chips, was also upgraded by CSFB. The 12-month target price was raised to NT$26 from NT$23. Shares of UMC fell 0.49 percent to NT$20.50 and have advanced 6.9 percent since May 31 and 11 percent this year.
CSFB joins Citigroup Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Co in projecting chip demand won't falter. TSMC Chief Executive Rick Tsai (
Shares of Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd (特許), Southeast Asia's largest made-to-order chipmaker, rose 0.9 percent to S$1.18 (US$0.70). Shares of Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (中芯), China's biggest made-to-order chipmaker, fell 1.3 percent to HK$1.53 (US$0.20). The stock has gained 0.7 percent since May 31.
END TO SPECULATION: The hotel’s management contract has been extended, despite reports that it wanted to end its alliance with Hyatt Hotels over a deal with Riant Capital Singapore-based Hong Leong Hotel Development Ltd (豐隆大飯店股份) yesterday said it has extended a management contract to ensure the continued presence of the Grand Hyatt brand in Taipei, ending rumors that the two sides were parting ways. “We are pleased Hyatt is able to come to terms on the extension of the management contract of Grand Hyatt Taipei,” said Kwek Leng Beng (郭令明), executive chairman of City Developments Ltd (城市發展) and Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Ltd (千禧國敦酒店). Hong Leong Hotel Development is a subsidiary of Millennium, and both fall under the Hong Leong Group (豐隆集團). The Grand Hyatt Taipei (台北君悅大飯店), owned and built by
’WHITE BOX’: The open platform would give local firms access to Cisco’s cloud-based mobile network to develop 5G telecom equipment and tap into the global market The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) yesterday introduced a new 5G “open lab” in collaboration with US-based information technology and networking giant Cisco Systems Inc to address the rapidly growing “white box” 5G networking equipment market. The open lab will be a platform where Taiwanese manufacturers can access Cisco’s cloud-based mobile network to develop their own 5G telecom equipment, such as small-cell base stations, network switches, modems and Internet of things (IoT) devices, a ministry statement said. The open platform would allow Taiwanese manufacturers to tap into the lucrative 5G telecom equipment market, which was previously monopolized by Nokia Oyj, Ericsson AB
Nintendo Co is raising its target for Switch production to about 25 million units this fiscal year, people familiar with the matter said, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic keeps lifting demand and component shortages ease. The Kyoto, Japan-based company, which in April hiked orders to 22 million units by March next year, is asking partners to tack on another few million units, said the people, who did not want to be identified discussing internal goals. Assembly partners plan to work at maximum capacity through December. The new production target suggests that Nintendo is likely to outperform its Switch sales forecast of 19 million
‘BIG LOSS’: This year might see the last generation of Huawei’s Kirin chips, as their production would stop next month because they are made using US technology Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies Co (華為) is running out of processor chips to make smartphones due to US sanctions and would be forced to stop production of its own most advanced chips, a company executive has said, in a sign of growing damage to Huawei’s business from US pressure. Huawei, one of the biggest producers of smartphones and network equipment, is at the center of US-Chinese tension over technology and security. Washington last year cut off Huawei’s access to US components and technology, and those penalties were tightened in May, when the White House barred vendors worldwide from using US