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TAIEX loses ground

The TAIEX lost ground yesterday as selling focused on local suppliers to Apple Inc after it was reported that the US electronics giant had cut back orders for its iPhone 5 panels, dealers said.

The weakness of the so-call “Apple concept stocks” also drove investors to dump other large-cap electronics stocks amid concerns over a rising New Taiwan dollar, which could affect the high-tech sector’s profitability, dealers said.

The weighted index closed down 58.95 points, or 0.75 percent, at 7,765.02, on turnover of NT$91.39 billion (US$3.15 billion).

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海), which generates about 40 percent of its contract manufacturing services from Apple, closed down 3.44 percent at NT$84.20. Metal casing maker Foxconn Technology Co (鴻準) fell 3.16 percent to end at NT$85.80 and its rival, Catcher Technology Co (可成), lost 3.38 percent to close at NT$128.50. Smartphone camera lens manufacturer Genius Electronic Optical Co (玉晶光) shed 2.18 percent to end at NT$201.50.

Profits fall at garment firm

Tainan Enterprise Co (台南企業) yesterday said its net profit fell 52.44 percent from a year ago to NT$267.38 million last year, or earnings per share of NT$1.82, due to losses at garment brands in China.

Last year, the company reported losses of NT$121.25 million from its investment in Tainan Enterprise (Cayman) Co, which is focused at developing Tony Wear and Emely brand businesses in China.

Consolidated revenue reached NT$895.55 billion last year, down 26.04 percent from 2011, Tainan Enterprise said in a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

Sony eyes smartphone segment

Sony Mobile Communications International AB, the handset unit of Japan’s Sony Corp, said on Monday that it will focus on its premium smartphone segment in Taiwan this year, in a bid to boost its market share.

The company was confident of becoming Taiwan’s second-largest smartphone vendor based on revenue this year, moving a spot higher from last year, Sony Mobile Taiwan general manager Jonathan Lin (林志遠) said.

“We will stress the premium market this year,” Lin said at the launch of the Sony Xperia Z flagship phone.

He added that high-end smartphones were selling better in Taiwan than most other countries.

Lin estimated that the total revenue generated by smartphone vendors in Taiwan would reach NT$56 billion a year, based on estimated annual shipments of 7 million units and an average selling price of NT$8,000.

China Mobile boss to visit

China Mobile Ltd (中國移動通信) chief executive officer Li Yue (李躍) is scheduled to visit Taipei this week for a summit on cooperation in 4G technology.

Li will participate tomorrow’s summit held by China Mobile and Taiwan’s state-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute, giving a talk on cross-strait cooperation on mobile broadband services on the Time Division Duplex (TDD) spectrum.

During his visit, Li will meet several of Taiwan’s technology tycoons, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) chairman Morris Chang (張忠謀), Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海) chairman Terry Gou (郭台銘), HTC Corp (宏達電) chairwoman Cher Wang (王雪紅) and MediaTek Inc (聯發科) chairman Tsai Ming-kai (蔡明介).

NT dollar gains on greenback

The New Taiwan gained ground against the US dollar yesterday, adding NT$0.002 to close at NT$29.056.

Turnover totaled US$664 million during the trading session.

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