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TAIEX hit by profit-taking

The TAIEX finished down on profit-taking yesterday for the fourth time in five trading sessions this week, closing at its lowest level since April 20.

The index fell 55.85 points, or 0.63 percent, to 8,837.03, after moving between 8,822.75 and 8,944.38 on turnover of NT$95.398 billion (US$3.32 billion).

It was the lowest close since the index hit 8,813.28 on April 20. For the week, the index was down 1.9 percent.

Shares in LED makers slump

Everlight Electronics Co (億光) and Epistar Corp (晶電), makers of LEDs, fell in Taipei trading yesterday on speculation that Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology Corp (台灣表面黏著科技), which procures LEDs to make its products, is forecasting that prices may fall in the third quarter, said Vincent Yu, an analyst at Jih Sun Securities Co (日盛證券).

Everlight shares slid 6.93 percent to NT$75.2, the lowest level since May 4, 2009, while Epistar shares lost 4.63 percent to NT$84.5, the lowest level since Sept. 9 last year.

Hsinchu firms to recruit

Forty-six companies with operations in the Hsinchu Science Park (新竹科學園區), mostly electronics firms, plan to recruit about 5,800 new workers at a job fair to be held by the park administration next Saturday ahead of the upcoming graduation season, the park administration said in a press release yesterday.

United Microelectronics Corp (聯電), the world’s second-biggest contract chipmaker, and the nation’s No. 2 LCD panel maker, AU Optronics Corp (友達光電), will participate in the job fair and they plan to recruit more than 1,100 staff, the press release said.

Separately, AUO Crystal Corp (友達晶材) purchased a NT$699.5 million facility from Kedge Construction Co (根基營造) yesterday, AU Optronics said in a stock exchange statement.

Investors vote to accept deal

Hong Kong investors who faced significant losses from financial products tied to collapsed investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc have voted to accept a deal to get some of their money back.

PricewaterhouseCoopers receivers said investors voted in favor of the agreement during three days of meetings that ended yesterday.

Sixteen banks who sold the products said in March that they would buy back the so-called “mini-bonds” from investors for up to 96.5 percent of their value — an improvement on about a 60 percent repayment in a 2009 agreement.

“Mini-bonds” and other financial products were sold to more than 40,000 investors, including retirees who invested their life savings. The value of the products, estimated by the government at US$2.6 billion, plummeted after Lehman collapsed.

Offshore wind farms touted

The nation should look to renewable energy by exploiting offshore wind power technology, the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) said yesterday.

As the nation has not constructed any offshore wind farms, the government should accelerate the pace by coordinating with related industries, using Taiwan’s advantageous position as an island, the council said in a note.

The government should designate the appropriate areas for wind farms and perform environmental impact evaluations as a first step, it said.

NT dollar gains ground

The New Taiwan dollar gained ground against its US counterpart yesterday, adding NT$0.072 to close at NT$28.780.

Turnover totaled US$703 million during the trading session.

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