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Staff Writer, with Agencies

TAIEX rises 0.1 percent

The TAIEX recovered from early losses yesterday as investors rushed to take advantage of low valuations of select large-cap stocks after the market plunged in the previous session amid concerns over the debt problem in Europe, dealers said.

The index rose 9.10 points, or 0.1 percent, to 8,756.61 points, after moving between 8,673.38 and 8,756.90, on turnover of NT$91.96 billion (US$3.18 billion).

Wintel mobile device lead falls

Intel and Microsoft can expect to see their share of the global market for mobile devices drop to about 27 percent in 2014 in the face of competition from Google and Apple, market researcher International Data Center (IDC) analyst Bob O’Donnel said yesterday.

Last year, half of the world’s mobile devices including laptops were powered by Intel’s chips and ran Microsoft’s Windows operating systems.

Helped by the rise of smartphones and tablet devices, Google’s Android system along with ARM’s chip platform will power 25 percent of the 1.47 billion mobile devices shipped in 2014, up from 11 percent last year, IDC said.

Apple Inc, which runs its own iOS operating system on its products, would also see its share expand from 12 percent to 14 percent, IDC said.

Barclays sees production spurt

Barclays Capital said yesterday it expects Taiwan’s industrial production to grow stronger over the next two months after output expanded 6.9 percent year-on-year last month, below Barclays’ expected 14 percent.

Industrial production is likely to bounce back from this month amid the continuing uptrend in the electronics cycle, with the production of electronic components and PC products contributing over half of total growth, Barclays said, citing the ramp-up in the production of electronics devices equipped with Intel Corp’s Sandy Bridge chipset.

Tainan firms seek listing

LED chipmaker Epileds Technologies Inc (光鈜科技) and pharmaceutical manufacturer ScinoPharm Taiwan Ltd (台灣神隆) submitted applications to list their shares on the nation’s main bourse, Taiwan Stock Exchange Corp said in a press release yesterday.

Epileds, with NT$903 million in share capital, made NT$248 million in pre-tax profits last year. ScinoPharm made NT$1.19 billion in pre-tax profits last year. ScinoPharm has NT$6.1 billion in share capital. Both companies are based in Tainan.

ProMOS approves plant sale

Local DRAM chipmaker ProMOS Technologies Inc (茂德科技) said its board had approved the sale of a Chinese plant to a unit of state-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (中國航空工業集團) for 100 million yuan (NT$445.47 million), the company said in a filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange on Monday.

ProMOS’ Chinese subsidiary, located in Chongqing, Sichuan Province, produces less than 10,000 8-inch wafers a month. The Chongqing subsidiary lost 372 million yuan last year, according to the filing.

The deal requires final approval from the Chinese government.

NT dollar up against US dollar

The New Taiwan dollar rose against the US dollar yesterday, adding NT$0.079 to close at NT$28.930, reflecting the strength of other Asian currencies in the region, dealers said.

Intervention of the local central bank in late trading to slow down the appreciation of the Taiwan dollar helped the US currency recoup part of its earlier losses, they said.

Turnover totaled US$907 billion during the trading session.

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