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Share prices edge lower

Share prices edged lower yesterday, led by losses in large-cap electronics and financial stocks, with the benchmark index falling below the 7,400-point mark at one point.

The benchmark TAIEX ranged between a high of 7,433.68 and a low of 7,392.61 before finishing down 18.14 points, or 0.24 percent, at 7,418.90.

Turnover was NT$46.38 billion (US$1.58 billion), the lowest for any session since May 28, as investors stayed on the sidelines waiting for more companies to report their third-quarter results.

A total of 1,278 stocks closed up, 2,619 finished down and 419 remained unchanged on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

Most of the market’s eight major stock categories closed down, with construction shares suffering the heaviest losses at 1.2 percent.

Primasia Securities vice president Wang Chao-li (王兆立) said investors should not be overly pessimistic because the local bourse is unlikely to continue to fall in the near-term, with the TAIEX remaining in correctional mode.

ITRI signs MOU

The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, 工研院) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Korea Small Business Institute (KOSBI) yesterday.

Under the MOU, the two institutes will look to encourage cooperation among small and medium-sized enterprises, the ITRI said in a statement.

By working together, South Korea and Taiwan can attain mutual benefits in the highly competitive global market, ITRI said.

Combining the KOSBI’s strength in vertical integration and the ITRI’s expertise in horizontal work distribution and efficient-market strategies, the MOU will benefit both sides, it said.

According to the MOU, the two sides are expected to accredit experts to conduct research, the ITRI said.

Sinopec, ENN drop bid

China’s Sinopec (中國石化) and ENN Energy Holdings (新奧能源控股) said yesterday they have dropped a US$2.2 billion offer for China Gas Holdings (中國燃氣控股), the first hostile bid by a state-owned Chinese business for a private firm.

State-run Sinopec and piped-gas distributor ENN Energy Holdings said they “will not proceed” with the offers made in December last year, according to a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange where they are listed.

The companies said certain preconditions of the acquisition, which include Chinese regulatory approvals, “remain unfulfilled.”

The firms had offered HK$3.50 ($0.45) per China Gas share to buy the private natural gas distributor, an offer China Gas described as failing to “reflect the fundamental value of the company.”

Price reduction may hurt HTC

The drop in price of Samsung’s flagship smartphone during China’s “Golden Week” holiday might hurt HTC (宏達電) sales in the coming months, JPMorgan said in a report on Thursday.

On Sept. 30, Chinese retailers cut the price of the Samsung i9300, which is sold outside of China as the Samsung Galaxy S3, to between 3,750 yuan (US$599) and 3,800 yuan, or three-quarters of its original retail price of 4,999 yuan, the report said.

JPMorgan said the move could cause an annual drop of 65.2 percent in HTC’s earnings per share this year and a decline of 12.4 percent next year.

NT dollar strengthens

The New Taiwan dollar rose against the US dollar yesterday, adding NT$0.015 to close at NT$29.345.

Turnover totaled US$645 million during the trading session.

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