NSF owns NT$5.49bn
The state-run National Stabilization Fund (NSF, 國安基金), which in April said it would exit the stock market, owned NT$5.49 billion (US$1780.6 million) in shares as of the end of last month, compared with NT$18.7 billion as of the end of March, the Ministry of Finance said yesterday in a statement. In the April-to-June quarter, the fund had booked gains valued at NT$1.15 billion with unrealized gains of NT$69.42 million, the ministry said. The ministry said the fund is on track to exit the stock market, despite the UK’s vote to leave the EU on June 23.
Foundry capacity to grow 5%
Global foundry capacity is expected to grow 5 percent annually to reach 6 million wafers per month next year, boosted mainly by Taiwan and China, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) said yesterday. Taiwan will have the largest foundry capacity in the world, accounting for more than 55 percent of 12-inch foundry capacity, thanks to capacity expansion from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) and United Microelectronics Corp (聯電), SEMI said in a news release. China is to grab a 20 percent share of global foundry market next year, given a rapid capacity expansion primarily from Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (中芯), SEMI said.
TSMC denies China listing
TSMC yesterday denied reports it was considering going public on China’s stock market. TSMC made the remark after Chinese-language Commercial Times reported the possibility in a front-page story, which cited a Chinese official on Tuesday as saying that Taiwan-based high-tech firms were being encouraged to list on the Chinese market.
Flytech earns NT$1.42bn
Flytech Technology Co (飛捷科技), a leading point-of-sale (POS) system manufacturer, on Monday reported record-high revenue of NT$1.42 billion in the second quarter, thanks in part to contribution of NT$76 million from its newly acquired Box Technologies Ltd last month. Flytech, which also produces medical panel PCs, said the UK subsidiary would help it to expand its presence in the UK and Europe and expects its total revenue in the second half to be higher than the first half’s NT$2.76 billion.
Central bank auctions CDs
The central bank yesterday said it had auctioned NT$30 billion in two-year certificates of deposit (CDs) at an average interest rate of 0.413 percent, marking the lowest level in the bank’s history, as the market remained awash in liquidity. The latest CD sale came after the bank last month cut its benchmark interest rates by 12.5 basis points. Coupled with the bank’s recent sale in 364-day CDs to absorb excess funds from the banking system, the bank has sold NT$2.44 trillion of the notes, which would have the same effect as hiking the required reserve ratio by raising interest rates by nearly 7.5 percentage points.
Chinese exports near record
China’s steel exports climbed to the second-highest level on record last month, as shipments ramp up amid escalating trade tensions. Sales advanced 23 percent from a year earlier to 10.94 million tonnes, China’s General Administration of Customs said. Exports in the first six months were 57.12 million tonnes, the seventh on-year increase in a row and the most ever for the period.
The London Metal Exchange (LME) discovered bags of stones instead of the nickel that underpinned a handful of its contracts at a warehouse in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in a revelation that would deliver another blow to confidence in the embattled exchange. The amount of metal represents just 0.14 percent of live nickel inventories on the LME, worth about US$1.3 million at current prices, so the immediate effect on the metals markets is limited. However, the shock announcement has much wider implications. In an industry riddled with scandals, the LME’s contracts are viewed as unquestionably safe. The news that even a few of
Oil on Friday posted its worst weekly loss since the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic as banking turmoil poisoned investor sentiment. West Texas Intermediate for April delivery dropped 2.36 percent to US$66.74 per barrel, falling 12.96 percent for the week, the largest drop in almost three years. Brent crude for May delivery fell 2.32 percent to US$72.97, posting a weekly loss of 11.85 percent. The failure of Silicon Valley Bank and troubles at Credit Suisse Group AG drove investors from risk assets, with oil-options covering accelerating the sell-off. “Crude action this week reminded many of how quickly the commodity can be decimated by
Singapore pushed New York off the top spot for the strongest growth in residential rents in the final quarter of last year, fueled by a supply crunch and strong demand. The city-state saw annual rents jump 28 percent in the quarter from a year earlier, Knight Frank said in a report. New York followed with 19 percent growth, while London and Toronto took the third and fourth spots, a survey of prime residential rents across 10 cities showed. Singapore’s soaring rents — driven partly due to a lack of supply of new housing during the COVID-19 pandemic — have been a source of
US-based mobile chip designer Qualcomm Inc yesterday opened a manufacturing engineering and testing center in Hsinchu, expanding its presence in Taiwan. Qualcomm also expects to accelerate its purchases in Taiwan, which already rose to NT$240 billion (US$7.9 billion) last year, up from NT$90 billion five years earlier, and should hit NT$300 billion next year. The center is to provide services for the supply chain in the semiconductor industry, Roawen Chen (陳若文), senior vice president and chief supply chain and operations officer of Qualcomm, said at the facility’s inauguration ceremony. It is Qualcomm’s largest and most advanced engineering testing center outside of the company’s