TAIEX slides 0.88 percent
The TAIEX yesterday closed down by nearly 1 percent, led by losses in “Apple concept” stocks amid speculation that shipments of Apple Inc components and products could be limited next quarter as sales growth slows, dealers said.
The weighted index closed down 67.49 points, or 0.88 percent, at 7,631.28. Turnover was NT$93.04 billion (US$3.20 billion).
A total of 1,569 stocks closed up, 3,241 finished down and 285 remained unchanged.
Chu Yu-chih (朱有志), a manager at Grand Cathay Investment Services Corp (大華投顧), said the bourse may continue to come under pressure because it has risen nearly 700 points since Nov. 1, but he did not expect it to fall below the 7,500 mark in the near term.
Fewer workers on furlough
The number of workers on unpaid leave dropped by 73, or 1.69 percent, from two weeks earlier, the Council of Labor Affairs reported yesterday.
As of Sunday, 4,250 workers from 57 companies had reached agreements with their employees to take unpaid leave, council statistics showed.
The number represented a drop from Nov. 2, when 4,323 workers from 49 companies were reported on furlough, the data showed.
HSR carries 200 millionth rider
Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (台灣高鐵) has carried its 200 millionth passenger, marking a milestone in the company’s more than five years of service, a spokesman for the company said yesterday.
The landmark passenger appeared earlier in the day, and the company was checking on the identity of the person, who will receive one year of unlimited free, non-reserved seat travel on the high-speed railway (HSR), the spokesman said.
The company carried its 100 millionth passenger in a little more than two years of operation. Current average daily passenger capacity is more than 120,000, the company said.
HTC scales back Windows plan
HTC Corp (宏達電) scrapped plans to produce a large-screen smartphone using Microsoft Corp’s operating system because the screen would have had lower resolution than competing models, a person familiar with the project said.
The Windows software does not support resolutions as high as that on Google Inc’s Android platform, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is not public.
Microsoft Taiwan and HTC declined to comment.
Yahoo offers phone e-mail
Yahoo-Kimo Inc (雅虎奇摩), the Taiwanese unit of Yahoo Inc, yesterday introduced new versions of its Web e-mail to ride on consumers’ growing interest in mobile communications.
About 3.5 million daily users of Yahoo’s e-mail in Taiwan can now download the new Yahoo Mail apps on their iPhones, as well as devices running Google Inc’s Android and Microsoft Corp’s Windows 8 operating system, Yahoo-Kimo said.
MediaTek receives GSA award
MediaTek Inc (聯發科) yesterday said announced it had received this year’s “Outstanding Asia Pacific Semiconductor Company Award” by Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA).
The nation’s biggest handset chipmaker said in a press release it was honored at this year’s GSA Awards Dinner Celebration in Santa Clara, California, for its strength in products and leadership, as well as its success in the marketplace.
NT dollar marks small gain
The New Taiwan dollar yesterday rose NT$0.002 to close at NT$29.10 against the US dollar on turnover of US$687 million.