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Staff writer, with Agencies

TAIEX dips on global worries

Renewed concerns over the global economy prevented the local bourse from making further gains and sent the TAIEX into negative territory at the end of the session yesterday, after the US and Europe reported disappointing job data overnight, dealers said.

However, selected high-tech heavyweights, such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC 台積電) and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海), were resilient throughout the session, lending some support to the broader market, dealers said.

The TAIEX closed down 17.28 points, or 0.23 percent, at 7,659.53, after moving between 7,643.09 and 7,681.23. Turnover during the session totalled NT$83.25 billion (US$2.85 billion).

Intel Capital integrates staff

Intel Capital, the investment arm of US chipmaker Intel Corp, announced yesterday that it has integrated its operations in Taiwan and South Korea with its Asia-Pacific headquarters.

The move will reinforce Intel Capital’s continuing commitment toward accelerating growth and innovation by promising greater alignment and cohesion, said Sudheer Kuppam, managing director of Asia-Pacific region at Intel Capital.

Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$10.5 billion in 1,230 companies in 51 countries. It has also invested US$200 million in more than 40 Taiwanese companies over the past 10 years.

Nanya sales up from last month

Nanya Technology Corp (南亞科技), Taiwan’s biggest DRAM chipmaker, yesterday said its sales grew 14.3 percent to NT$3.41 billion (US$116.7 million) last month from March, but down 23.1 percent from the same period last year.

Accumulated sales in the first four months totalled NT$12.21 billion, down 19.5 percent from a year earlier, according to Nanya.

Inotera Memories Inc (華亞科技), a joint venture between Nanya Technology and US memory chipmaker Micron Technology Inc, said last month’s sales increased 19.1 percent month-on-month, but dropped 6.2 percent year-on-year to NT$3 billion.

Another memorychip maker, Powerchip Technology Corp (力晶科技), said it saw last month’s sales rise 7.5 percent to NT$2.27 billion from March, but down 43.7 percent on year. In the first four months, total sales fell 48.4 percent to NT$7.72 billion from the year before, the company said.

DBS speeds remittance service

DBS Bank Taiwan yesterday launched a new remittance service that will allow local corporate clients to remit US dollars from Taiwan to China in three hours, the fastest such service.

The Singaporean bank has extended the daily deadline to 3:30pm and pledges to shorten the processing time to within three hours, allowing customers more efficient cash management, said Sean Chen (陳識仁), head of DBS Global Transaction Services.

Foreign fund inflows slow

Foreign fund inflows slowed last month with the cumulative total standing at US$162.55 billion, down US$291 million from late March, the Financial Supervisory Commission said yesterday.

In the first four months, foreign investors bought net NT$115.89 billion of local shares and another NT$683 million of emerging market stocks, it said.

NT dollar edges down

The New Taiwan dollar lost ground against the US dollar yesterday, edging down NT$0.026 to close at NT$29.266, as the local currency weakened in reflection of a falling euro after Europe reported higher unemployment, dealers said.

Turnover totaled US$808 million during the trading session.

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