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Staff writer, with Agencies

TAIEX continues momentum

The TAIEX continued momentum yesterday from a session earlier as turnover expanded to more than NT$120 billion (US$4.1 billion) with more investors willing to trade, dealers said.

The electronics sector led the upside as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) attracted strong buying, while other high-tech heavyweights, such as flat-panel makers Chimei Innolux Corp (奇美電子) and AU Optronics Corp (友達光電), posted gains on hopes of improved bottom lines, they said.

The weighted index closed up 76.62 points, or 1.02 percent, at 7,580.17, on turnover of NT$122.79 billion. For the week, the main board gained 3.47 percent to hit a high since Oct. 9, when the index closed at 7,592.01, as select high-tech stocks kept moving ahead throughout the week.

TSMC rose 2.28 percent to NT$98.70, Chimei Innolux gained 4.42 percent to close at NT$13.00, while rival AUO added 3.35 percent to end at NT$12.35.

GTSM spurs buyback programs

The GRETAI Securities Market (GTSM) said yesterday it has encouraged listed companies on the over-the-counter (OTC) market to launch share buyback programs in a bid to shore up investor confidence.

The GTSM, which operates the local OTC and emerging stock markets, said the OTC-listed firms which have sufficient funds on hand should consider coming up with share repurchasing plans to strengthen shareholder equity and boost shareholders’ faith in companies.

So far this year, OTC-listed companies have started 87 share buyback programs. Among the repurchasing plans, 58 have been completed, buying back NT$2.62 billion (US$90.03 million) worth of shares from the open market.

The remaining 29 buyback programs are still under way, which are expected to acquire shares worth NT$2.31 billion, according to the GTSM.

Meanwhile, the GTSM said a total of 83 OTC-listed firms reported more than NT$3 in earnings per share (EPS) for the first nine months of this year, accounting for almost 15 percent of the 627 companies trading in the OTC market.

New plant to create 1,000 jobs

King Yuan Electronics Co (京元電子), a Taiwan-based integrated circuit testing service provider, said yesterday its plan to build a new plant in an industrial park in Miaoli County’s Tongluo Township (銅鑼) is expected to create about 1,000 jobs.

King Yuan will invest NT$1 billion (US$34.36 million) in the new production base, which is scheduled to break ground on Dec. 10. Construction of the plant is expected to be completed by the end of next year. The plant will focus on testing services for mobile communications chips.

King Yuan has about 4,000 employees, operating four plants in Taiwan and several sales offices in China, Europe, Japan, Singapore and North America.

The company said that with IC production on the rise, capacity of its four plants has been fully booked and the new plant will help the company meet rising demand.

NT dollar gains ground

The New Taiwan dollar gained ground against the US dollar yesterday, adding NT$0.031 to close at NT$29.116 as strong foreign institutional buying in the local bourse boosted demand for the currency, dealers said.

The strength of other regional currencies also encouraged traders to raise their holdings in NT dollar as they grew upbeat about the region’s economy based on an improvement in Japan’s industrial output, they said.

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