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Financials lead TAIEX up

The TAIEX rose 0.91 percent yesterday, backed by gains in financial and electronics stocks, but volume was at its lowest since January 2009 as concerns remained over global economic fundamentals, dealers said.

The benchmark index closed up 64.37 points at the day’s high of 7,136 after hitting a low of 7,047.32, on turnover of NT$44.17 billion (US$1.49 billion).

Those factors have limited volume since mid-March. Trading volume for all of last month was NT$1.55 trillion, with a daily average of NT$75.8 billion, about 24 percent lower than the daily average in March, and has averaged NT$71.7 billion so far this month.

A total of 1,847 stocks closed up on Monday and 1,736 finished down, while 522 remained unchanged.

All of the market’s eight major stock categories closed up, with the financial sector scoring the highest gain at 1.3 percent.

Ta Chong Bank loses luster

Ta Chong Bank Ltd (大眾銀行), partly owned by Carlyle Group LP, saw its share price fall the most in five months yesterday, after Yuanta Financial Holding Co (元大金控) and Fubon Financial Holding Co (富邦金控) last week stopped assessing it as a potential acquisition target.

The shares sank 6.9 percent to NT$10.20, the biggest drop since Dec. 19 last year. The benchmark TAIEX gained 0.91 percent.

Yuanta gained 3.1 percent to NT$13.25 and Fubon advanced 0.7 percent to NT$28.65.

Carlyle bought a 36.6 percent stake in Ta Chong Bank for NT$21.5 billion in 2007.

Acer holds share in India

Acer Inc (宏碁) continued to hold fourth place in India’s PC market, where high inflation has slowed consumer purchases of electronics devices, researcher Gartner Inc said on Saturday.

The combined desktop and laptop PC market in India totaled nearly 2.8 million units in the first quarter of this year, a 6.6 percent increase over the first quarter of last year, according to Gartner.

China’s Lenovo Group Ltd (聯想) topped all vendors with 14.9 percent market share, followed by Dell Inc at 14.0 percent, Hewlett-Packard Co with 13.7 percent, Acer with 11.9 percent and local player HCL Infosystems with 5.8 percent.

Malaysians protest project

Hundreds of residents of Pengerang, Malaysia, defied a downpour on Saturday to stage a demonstration against a planned petrochemical project to be built with investment from Taiwan’s Kuokuang Petrochemical Technology Co (國光石化).

Led by six self-help groups, over 500 villagers in the small town in southern Malaysia chanted slogans in the protest over the controversial project that was scrapped in Taiwan due to environmental concerns.

Saturday’s demonstrators opposed a proposed relocation of residents, a Mandarin school, graveyards containing nearly 3,000 tombs and land seizures.

The president of an alliance formed by six groups of activists said they are not against development projects, but are asking the government to take the residents’ basic rights more seriously.

NT dollar ends unchanged

The New Taiwan dollar closed unchanged at NT$29.650 against the US dollar yesterday, halting a three-session slide as speculation that Greece would remain in the eurozone buoyed demand for emerging-market assets.

The NT dollar has lost 1.4 percent against the greenback this month. The currency’s one-month implied volatility, a measure of exchange-rate swings traders use to price options, dropped five basis points to 5.7 percent.

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