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Fri, Feb 18, 2011 - Page 11

TAIEX closes lower

The TAIEX closed 0.33 percent lower yesterday amid lingering concerns over further fund outflows in the wake of institutional selling, dealers said.

The weighted index fell 29.08 points to 8,683.88 on turnover of NT$121.68 billion (US$4.14 billion).

“Investors remained wary of foreign investors’ recent moves to cut holdings in large-cap stocks in the local bourse, fearing that they will keep moving funds out of Taiwan,” Concord Securities (康和證券) analyst Allen Lin said.

The financial sector suffered the heaviest losses, ending down 1.48 percent. Construction stocks fell 1.41 percent, paper and pulp shares lost 0.55 percent, foodstuffs shed 0.48 percent and the machinery and electronics sector closed down 0.28 percent.

In the financial sector, Cathay Financial Holding Co (國泰金控) fell 1.24 percent to NT$47.90 and Yuanta Financial Holdings Co (元大金控) lost 2.14 percent to end the day at NT$20.55.

Taiwan’s rating raised

BNP Paribas said it’s raising its rating for Taiwanese stocks and lowering its recommendation on Hong Kong, Indonesia and India, given the prospects for an interest-rate increase by the US Federal Reserve, the rise in inflationary pressures and the outlook for fund flows and earnings across Asia.

Taiwan was raised to “overweight” from “neutral” while the Hong Kong and Indonesia markets were cut to “neutral” from “overweight,” according to a report by Clive McDonnell yesterday. The strategist lowered India’s stock market to “underweight” from “neutral.”

Tex-Ray, Yueda arrange deal

Tex-Ray Industrial Co Ltd (南緯), a Taiwan-based textile maker, said yesterday that Yueda Textile Group (江蘇悅達) of China has decided to take a stake in its -subsidiary in Jiangsu Province.

Tex-Ray said Yueda would take a 40 percent stake in its Chinese subsidiary through a fund-raising plan that will boost the unit’s paid-in capital to US$30 million.

After the investment, Tex-Ray will retain a 60 percent stake in the Jiangsu unit, the company said.

Bank of Taiwan signs deal

The Bank of Taiwan (台灣銀行) yesterday signed a cooperation agreement with Bank of Nanjing Co (南京銀行), the Taipei-based lender said in an e-mail statement.

Bank of Taiwan will be able to offer yuan loans to Taiwanese companies in China through the tie-up with the Chinese lender, the statement said. The two banks aim to cooperate in areas including staff training and information sharing, the statement said.

Fubon signs NT$5bn loans

Fubon Securities Co (富邦證券) signed NT$5 billion in three-year syndicated loans with nine banks including Cathay United Bank Co (國泰世華銀行), parent Fubon Financial Holding Co (富邦金控), said in a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange yesterday.

The funds will be used to replenish mid-term working capital, it said.

Powertec share sold

Sino-American Silicon Products Inc (中美晶) bought NT$550 million of Powertec Energy Corp (寶德能源) shares, a 14 percent stake, the Hsinchu-based Sino-American said in a statement to the stock exchange yesterday.

NT dollar trims gains

The New Taiwan dollar trimmed gains after the central bank intervened, according to two traders who declined to be identified.

The currency advanced 0.1 percent to end at NT$29.432 against its US counterpart, according to Taipei Forex Inc. The currency was 0.2 percent stronger at NT$29.407 four minutes before the close.