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TAIEX closes up slightly

The TAIEX closed little changed after profit taking eroded most of its early gains ahead of stiff technical resistance at about the 7,500-point mark, dealers said.

The early gains encouraged many investors to pocket profits as concerns over the global economy continued to affect market sentiment throughout the trading session, they said.

The weighted index closed up 4.23 points, or 0.06 percent, at 7,422.59, after moving between 7,397.80 and 7,442.55 on turnover of NT$83.37 billion (US$2.80 billion).

In yesterday’s trading, the cement sector scored the highest gains among the eight major sectors of the market, finishing up 1 percent.

Housing sales take tumble

Housing sales in New Taipei City (新北市) fell last month for the first time in five months as sales in some districts decreased sharply, according to city government data released on Tuesday.

The number of housing units sold fell 6.7 percent last month from a month earlier to 6,582, data from the city government’s Land Administration Department showed. On a yearly basis, the number marked a 7.2 percent decrease.

The fall was partly caused by a sharp decline in sales in the Lujhou (蘆洲), Zhonghe (中和) and Shulin (樹林) districts, which fell by 28.1 percent, 19.8 percent and 21.4 percent respectively. However, the sharp declines were mitigated by moderate increases in sales in Linkou (林口), Sinjhuang (新莊), Sijhih (汐止) and Tamsui (淡水) districts.

New CSBC chair appointed

Lai Sun-quae (賴杉桂), former -director-general of the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, officially became CSBC Corp, Taiwan (CSBC, 台灣國際造船) chairman yesterday, replacing Paul Tang (譚泰平), the firm said in a statement.

The 66-year-old Tang, who had served as CSBC chairman since December 2010, reached the normal retirement age last year, but was retained by the ministry — the company’s largest shareholder — for one more year.

Under Tang’s leadership the company made a profit of NT$1.74 billion, or NT$2.41 per share, last year, up from NT$1.71 billion, or NT$2.35 per share, recorded in 2010, company statistics showed.

Hon Hai vice president resigns

Hon Hai Group (鴻海集團) yesterday confirmed local media reports that the group vice president Terry Cheng (程天縱) had tendered his resignation, citing health problem.

The group said Cheng was also resigning from his posts as a board director and executive officer at Hong Kong-listed Foxconn International Holdings (FIH, 富士康控股), which is a handset manufacturing arm of Hon Hai Group.

Cheng is not scheduled to leave his current positions until July 31.

Beats acquires MOG assets

Beats Electronics, a unit of Taiwanese handset maker HTC Corp (宏達電), has acquired assets owned by digital music subscription service MOG Inc through subsidiary Daisy LLC, according to an HTC filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

HTC said the US$14 million deal was approved by Beats’ board of directors and the amount “was negotiated by both parties involved.”

HTC declined to comment on the filing or provide further details of the deal.

Taiwan dollar makes ground

The New Taiwan dollar gained ground against the US dollar yesterday, adding NT$0.02 to close at NT$29.866 as improving sentiment toward the global economy drove traders to move their funds out of the greenback, dealers said.

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