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Profit-taking sends TAIEX down

Taiwanese share prices closed down 0.23 percent yesterday as rotational buying in old economy stocks offset pressure on large-cap technology and financial shares, dealers said.

The weighted index fell 15.49 points to close at 6,649.91 on turnover of NT$104.39 billion (US$3.17 billion).

The market opened up 0.38 percent but profit-taking on electronics and financial stocks immediately set in, dealers said.

Late buying in traditional industrial and China-concept shares lent some support to the market, they said.

“The market remained in a consolidation mode after a recent strong showing,” President Securities (統一證券) analyst Steven Huang said.

Huang said trading was likely to remain slow, with resistance at the 6,500-point level.

Huang said that many investors remained on the sidelines, closely watching how Wall Street would move after slipping last week.

Compal to ship Android phones

Compal Communications Inc (華寶通訊), a Taiwanese maker of mobile phones, said it planned to ship its first handset based on Google Inc’s Android operating system before the end of this year.

The mobile phone manufacturer is developing the handsets for “several customers,” Denis Ko (柯典明), spokesman for Taipei-based Compal Communications, said by telephone yesterday.

The handset maker plans to enter the market for Android phones as HTC Corp (宏達電), Acer Inc (宏碁) and Samsung Electronics Co look to the operating system as an alternative to Microsoft Corp’s Windows and Apple Inc’s iPhone.

Global shipments of Internet-capable smartphones jumped 22 percent last year, double the pace of personal computers, market researcher IDC said.

The handset maker shipped 4.3 million phones in the first quarter and 4.7 million in the second quarter, Ko said, adding that shipments in the third quarter would likely remain in the same range.

HTC posts stable Q1 profits

HTC Corp (宏達電), the world’s first maker of handsets running on Google Inc’s Android platform, yesterday reported second-quarter net earnings of NT$6.49 billion (US$196.1 million).

Although they represented an increase of 24.9 percent from the first quarter, they were down almost 2 percent from the same period last year.

However, first-half profit did not fare so well as earnings dropped 16.2 percent from last year’s NT$13.56 billion.

Second-quarter sales were boosted by the introduction of new smartphone models to reach NT$38.20 billion, up 17.3 percent quarter-on-quarter and 10.4 percent year-on-year.

Sales last month alone rose 20.9 percent year-on-year to NT$14.31 billion.

Bids for urban renewal planned

The Taiwanese government will invite companies to invest in urban renewal projects to stimulate the property market, said Lin Chi-hao (林其浩), an official at the Construction and Planning Agency.

The government said the projects could result in more than NT$74 billion (US$2.3 billion) in private investments, Lin said by telephone yesterday.

The agency will hold meetings for interested companies next month and in October.

Powerchip bond terms settled

Powerchip Semiconductor Corp (力晶) said yesterday investors had agreed to its terms to reset the conversion price for 96.5 percent of its US$158 million convertible bonds, the company said in a stock exchange filing.

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