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TAIEX closes down

The TAIEX closed marginally down yesterday on thin turnover in consolidation mode after a surge during the previous trading day.

The benchmark index fell to a low of 7,674.18 points during trading session, but was boosted by a rise in financial, optoelectronics and automobile shares, to reach a high of 7,739.37 points.

The broader index closed down 7.95 points, or 0.1 percent, at 7,724.92, on turnover of NT$53.13 billion (US$1.83 billion), following a 116 point surge on Saturday, when turnover reached nearly NT$70 billion.

CCP expected to drop this year

The nation’s city consumption power (CCP) expected to drop slightly this year in terms of year-on-year growth, but the total volume is forecast to increase by about NT$76 billion to NT$5.6 trillion, according to the results of a study released yesterday.

Growth rate of CPP is predicted to decline to 1.36 percent this year from 1.38 percent last year, according to a report conducted by Fu Jen Catholic University.

The study showed that Taipei topped the nation’s cities with the highest assessed per capita city consumption power index at NT$392,434 per person this year, followed by Hsinchu City’s NT$327,815.

Taipei’s real estate profitable

Taipei is the top ninth city in the Asia-Pacific region for this year in terms of real estate investment profitability, according to a recent survey published by Pricewaterhouse Coopers Taiwan.

According to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate Asia-Pacific 2013, Taipei moved from 12th place last year to 8th place this year in terms of development.

Jakarta, Indonesia, topped the rankings for both investment and development for the first time, while Shanghai and Singapore took second and third places in investment and fourth and third in development respectively, the survey showed.

Lite-on aims to boost revenue

Local electronic component maker Lite-On Technology Corp (光寶科技) aims to increase its revenue by a single-digit percentage this year, backed by robust demand for its cloud-computing servers, camera lens modules used in tablets and smartphones, and LED lighting.

Last year, Lite-On’s revenue rose 2 percent to NT$121.45 billion from NT$102.29 billion in 2011.

“We hope the company can have a better growth than last year’s single digit rate [in revenue],” chairman Raymond Soong (宋恭源) said at the company’s year-end party on Friday.

He added that the company plans to allocate 15 percent of its net profits from last year for employee bonuses.

CyberAgent plans investment

Japanese venture capital firm CyberAgent Ventures Inc said yesterday that it plans to invest in FashionGuide, Taiwan’s largest cosmetics-centered online social networking Web site.

CyberAgent Ventures said it forecast FashionGuide has the potential to achieve a high sales growth rate in Taiwan’s female-oriented online social networking industry, according to a company statement.

CyberAgent added it will help FashionGuide expand its market to Japan, China, Southeast Asian countries and South Korea.

Founded in 1997 by Vincent Hsieh (謝攸升) and Allen Chang (張倫維), FashionGuide broadcasts TV programs, conducts surveys and also hosts online forums.

NT down against greenback

The New Taiwan dollar closed lower against the US dollar yesterday, declining NT$0.01 to close at NT$29.070.

Turnover totaled US$438 million during the trading session.

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