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TAIEX stages technical rebound

The TAIEX staged a technical rebound yesterday as investors resumed buying in the high-tech sector, boosting the broader market, dealers said.

However, turnover remained thin, as many investors remained on the sidelines, waiting for heavyweight firms on Wall Street to report their third-quarter earnings and give guidance for the fourth quarter, they said.

The weighted index closed up 52.12 points, or 0.70 percent, at the day’s high of 7,471.02.

Turnover increased to NT$58.41 billion (US$2 billion) from NT$46.38 billion on Monday, the lowest for a single trading day since May 28.

Chimei, AUO shares rise

Shares of leading flat panel suppliers Chimei Innolux Corp (奇美電子) and AU Optronics Corp (AUO, 友達光電) moved sharply higher on heavy trading volume yesterday as investors hoped they would continue to benefit from solid demand in China, dealers said.

Shares in Chimei rose by the maximum 7 percent to end at NT$11.10, while those of AUO also rose 7 percent to close at NT$11.35 after the company’s American depositary receipts (ADRs) on Wall Street advanced overnight.

More workers take unpaid leave

The number of workers on unpaid leave is continuing to rise, the Council of Labor Affairs said in a release yesterday.

As of Monday, 2,040 workers from 37 companies had reached agreements with their employers to take unpaid leave, the council said.

This was an increase from Oct. 1, when 1,413 employees from 36 companies had agreed to such an arrangement, the council said.

It was also the fourth consecutive increase in the number of furloughed workers since the beginning of last month, as Taiwan’s economy shows few signs of recovery, according to the council’s previous reports. However, 12 of the 36 companies have discontinued the unpaid leave strategy, it said.

Government seeks investment

Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-shiang (施顏祥) said on Monday that the government hoped to attract at least NT$200 billion in investment within two years from Taiwanese companies operating in China to boost employment and help upgrade nation’s industrial base.

Citing the Small and Medium Enterprise Credit Guarantee Fund of Taiwan as an example, he said the government is planning to maintain NT$6 billion in the fund to ensure that businesses have sufficient capital.

TAIFEX signs MOU

The Taiwan Futures Exchange (TAIFEX) said yesterday it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with NYSE Euronext to explore bilateral business opportunities and connect their respective customer bases in Asia, Europe and the US through NYSE Euronext’s order routing system.

Under the MOU, the TAIFEX and NYSE Euronext will cooperate more closely in future product development and will share information and resources.

FSC approves bank plans

The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) yesterday approved plans by Yuanta Bank (元大銀行) to set up a capital leasing subsidiary to expand its business map.

Yuanta Bank, the banking arm of Yuanta Financial Holding Co (元大金控), intends to spend NT$600 million on creating the new unit after owning stakes in non-life insurance businesses, the commission said

NT dollar gains on greenback

The New Taiwan dollar gained ground against the US dollar yesterday, adding NT$0.056 to close at NT$29.289.

Turnover totaled US$818 million during the trading session.

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