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TAIEX edges up

The TAIEX edged higher yesterday, closing above the 7,400-point mark, after large-cap electronics shares such as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海精密) rallied.

The weighted index ranged between a high of 7,462.15 and a low of 7,389.68 before finishing up 53.47 points, or 0.72 percent, at 7,450.53. Turnover was NT$74.70 billion (US$2.50 billion). A total of 2,557 stocks closed up, 1,758 finished down, and 396 remained unchanged.

Most of the market’s eight broad stock categories rose, with paper and pulp shares posting the highest gains, finishing up 2.3 percent, while financial shares closed up 0.2 percent, boosted by a memorandum of understanding on currency settlement signed by Taiwan and China last Friday.

Primasia Securities vice president Wang Chao-li (王兆立) said the local bourse appeared to be turning more positive, but he believed the market would remain in a correction mode in the short term.

JPMorgan downgrades Wintek

Wintek Corp (勝華), a touch panel supplier to Apple Inc and Google Inc, has been downgraded by JPMorgan Securities due to yield rate challenges encountered for its new products.

JPMorgan cut its stock rating on Wintek to “underweight” from “neutral” while reducing its target price to NT$12 from NT$14, the brokerage said in a recent report. Shares in Wintek closed 0.66 percent higher at NT$15.3 yesterday.

Last week, Wintek reported losses per share of NT$0.47 for the second quarter, well below JPMorgan’s estimate of NT$0.01 and the market consensus of NT$0.08.

JPMorgan analyst Narci Chang (張恆) said he believes this margin miss mainly came from the low yield at the initial ramp of new products like Google Nexus 7 tablets, as well as a drop in utilization rate due to iPhone order cuts.

JPMorgan predicted Wintek’s loss per share to narrow to NT$0.15 in the third quarter due to an expected improvement in yield rate on new products.

Taipei hosts SEMICON forum

High-ranking executives from leading semiconductor companies are scheduled to meet tomorrow in Taipei at the SEMICON Taiwan to share their views on industry trends.

The Executive Summit will comprise four keynote speeches and a panel discussion on Taiwan’s strategic role and opportunities in the semiconductor industry, according to the organizer, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI).

Some 600 exhibitors from 170 countries have registered to participate in the show, which is projected to attract 30,000 visitors.

Dalian eyes Taiwan impetus

A planned technology city in Dalian, to be built as a major city and seaport in the south of Liaoning Province, China, is inviting Taiwanese businesses to take part in its development, a Dalian official said on Saturday.

Jin Guowei (靳國衛), deputy director of the Dalian Ecological Technology Innovation city, said the city is located in Ganjingzi, the largest district in Dalian, occupying an area of about 106km2.

He said that he would invite Taiwanese businesses to join the development in one of 10 communities being planned. The development project is to use Taipei City as a model, and it is estimated that an investment in the infrastructure will cost between 10 billion (US$1.57 billion) and 20 billion yuan.

NT dollar gains ground

The New Taiwan dollar gained ground against the US dollar yesterday, adding NT$0.046 to close at NT$29.920.

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