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Staff Writer, with Agencies

TAIEX surges past 7,000 mark

The stock market made a strong showing yesterday, vaulting past the 7,100 mark, as investors were encouraged by several central banks’ measures to boost liquidity to weather the impact of the eurozone debt crisis, dealers said.

The TAIEX closed up 274.57 points, or 3.98 percent, at 7,178.69, after moving between 7,129.07 and 7,199.26, on turnover of NT$109.8 billion (US$3.65 billion).

The financial sector scored the highest gains among the eight major sectors, finishing up 6.4 percent, stock exchange data showed.

Too early for HK FTA: official

It is too early to discuss a free-trade agreement (FTA) between Taiwan and Hong Kong as relations between the two governments are not sufficiently close, Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-hsiang (施顏祥) said yesterday.

Shih made the remark at a technology policy forum organized by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology when he was asked whether such a trade pact should be signed.

“We know we should head toward that direction, but the question is how. In terms of this issue, we should do it step by step,” he said.

Shih said more exchanges needed to take place to better understand each other and resolve previous misunderstandings arising from insufficient interaction.

iPhone 4S pre-orders start

The nation’s three biggest telecoms operators — Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信), Taiwan Mobile Co (台灣大哥大) and Far EasTone Telecommunications Co (遠傳電信) — are launching pre-order services for Apple Inc’s latest iPhone series, the companies said yesterday.

Taiwan Mobile and Far Eas-Tone started accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 4S yesterday, while Chunghwa Telecom’s pre-order program starts today on the Internet.

The iPhone 4S is set to hit the shelves of local phone companies, two-and-a-half-months after its debut in the US.

The companies did not release pricing and service packages.

Pegatron bond sales approved

Electronics contract manufacturer Pegatron Corp’s (和碩) board approved a plan to sell as much as US$400 million in five-year overseas convertible bonds to fund the purchase of raw materials abroad, the company said in a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange Thursday.

First, China firm ink agreement

First Securities Inc (第一金證券), the brokerage arm of state-run First Financial Holding Co (第一金控), yesterday signed a cooperation agreement with Western Securities Co (西部證券), based in Shaanxi Province, China, First Financial said in a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

CPC schedules maintenance

State-run CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油) plans to halt its No. 4 naphtha cracker’s operations for 40 to 43 days for scheduled maintenance starting on Monday, ICIS reported, citing a company official it didn’t identify.

The plant can produce 385,000 tonnes of ethylene a year from naphtha.

NT dollar advances further

The New Taiwan dollar continued gaining ground against its US counterpart yesterday, adding NT$0.231 to close at NT$30.114, bolstered by an inflow of foreign funds as the local bourse rebounded, dealers said.

A rising euro also prompted traders to cut their holdings in the greenback and buy into most of the currencies in the region, they said

Turnover totaled US$655 million, data showed.

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