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Staff Writer, with CNA

Reality pushes TAIEX back down

The nation’s benchmark index fell into consolidation mode yesterday, closing little changed after a 4.56 percent jump in the previous session due to technical resistance ahead of the crucial 7,000-point level, dealers said.

After Wednesday’s significant gains in share prices, many investors seemed to calm down to some extent, as the nightmare of the European debt problems returned to haunt market sentiment throughout the trading session, they added.

The TAIEX closed down 0.13 points at 6,966.35 after moving between 6,940.85 and 6,989.59, on turnover of NT$74.18 billion (US$2.45 billion). A day earlier, the index soared after the government announced that the NT$500 billion National Stabilization Fund was ready to buy stocks to bolster the market.

Following the frenzied Wednesday trading, investors’ thoughts shifted back to the ugly reality — the debt crisis in the eurozone, dealers said.

Asia Pacific inks 3.5G deal

Local wireless service provider Asia Pacific Telecom Co (亞太電信) yesterday said it signed an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent to buy 3.5G equipment for about NT$3.13 billion.

The deal would help Asia Pacific Telecom catch up with local rivals in upgrading its 3.5G network to cope with growing demand for high-speed data transmission.

The telecoms company expects to start operating the high-speed network in the second half of next year with more aggressive rate plans for smartphones and tablets.

New investments to hit goal

New major private investment in Taiwan totaled NT$1.04 trillion as of the end of last month and there should be no problem reaching this year’s goal of NT$1.1 trillion, the Ministry of Economic Affairs said on Wednesday.

With the expansion of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) and increased investment by photovoltaic, solar cell and petrochemical manufacturers, private investment has performed credibly despite an economic downturn in the third quarter, the ministry said.

About 38 percent of the new private investment projects were concentrated in Greater Taichung, Changhua and Nantou counties in central Taiwan, while 19 percent were in Greater Tainan and Yunlin and Chiayi counties in the south, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, Taiwan has achieved this year’s goal of attracting US$9 billion in foreign investment, having secured US$9.39 billion in foreign investment by last month, the ministry said.

Key rates may be cut: Investec

Investec Asset Management in Taiwan (天達投顧) said yesterday the central bank may cut the benchmark interest rate at its quarterly board meeting next week to help stimulate the economy.

The central bank may take cues from its global peers and trim borrowing costs to support GDP growth next year after major economic bellwethers showed signs of a slowdown, the South Africa-based fund manager told a media briefing.

The government will take further action to shore up the economy after announcing plans on Tuesday to intervene in the local bourse.

The US Federal Reserve would introduce a fresh round of quantitative easing in the first quarter to invigorate its economy, Investec said.

NT dollar inches down

The New Taiwan dollar edged down against the US currency yesterday, shedding NT$0.04 to close at NT$30.325.

Turnover totaled US$408 million during the trading session.

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