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TAIEX continues advance

The TAIEX yesterday edged higher for the eighth consecutive session, finishing up 19.74 points, or 0.26 percent, at 7,599.91 on turnover of NT$81.39 billion (US$2.8 billion).

A total of 2,246 stocks closed up, 2,205 finished down and 616 remained unchanged.

Most of the market’s eight major stock categories closed up, with textile shares scoring the highest gains, finishing up 0.38 percent.

Fewer workers on forced leave

The number of workers on unpaid leave dropped by 20, or 0.5 percent, from two weeks earlier, the Council of Labor Affairs reported yesterday.

As of the end of last month, 4,323 workers from 49 companies had reached agreements with their employees to take unpaid leave, council statistics showed.

The number represented a decrease from Nov. 16, when 4,343 workers from 49 companies were reported on furlough, the highest level in the past six months.

HTC still fifth in US: survey

HTC Corp (宏達電) remains the fifth-largest mobile phone vendor in the US, but has lost market share to Samsung Electronics Co and Apple Inc, according to data compiled recently by the research firm comScore.

In a survey of more than 30,000 US mobile subscribers from August to October, the research firm found that Samsung was the top handset vendor overall, with a market share of 26.3 percent, up from 25.6 percent in the May-July period.

For the first time on record, Apple ranked second, with a market share of 17.8 percent, up 1.5 percentage points from the previous three months.

It was followed by LG Electronics Inc with 17.6 percent, Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc with 11 percent and HTC with 6 percent.

Android device makers Motorola, LG and HTC all lost market share, dropping by 0.8, 0.2 and 0.4 percentage points respectively, the survey showed.

IC output up 4.9% in Q3

Third-quarter IC production rose 4.9 percent from the previous quarter to NT$439.7 billion (US$15.14 billion), the Industry and Technology Intelligence Services (ITIS) said in a recent report.

The growth of the local IC industry, including design, manufacturing, packaging and testing, was driven mainly by growing demand for smartphones, tablets and digital TVs, the research institute under the Ministry of Economic Affairs said.

For the full year, production output is expected to increase 4.3 percent to NT$1.62 trillion, the institute said.

Intel tech chief visiting

Intel Corp’s chief technology officer is scheduled to visit the nation today to share his vision on the US chipmaker’s machine-to-machine communication technology in cooperation with a leading local university.

Justin Rattner, who also serves as director of the company’s primary research arm Intel Labs, will talk about Intel’s collaborative research with National Taiwan University, according to an invitation e-mailed to the media.

The Intel-NTU Connected Context Computing Center, aimed at providing end-to-end solutions for various kinds of devices, is the US company’s first research center on machine-to-machine communication technology to promote knowledge innovation.

NT weakens against greenback

The New Taiwan dollar yesterday slid NT$0.005 to close at NT$29.121 against the US dollar. Turnover was US$709 million.

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