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The question of whether the local equity market will continue its strong showing in 2017 depends on the actions of foreign institutional investors, analysts said Monday.
The local manufacturing sector flashed a yellow-blue light in November for the second consecutive month, improving from a blue light recorded in September, on the back of a recovery in global demand, the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) said Friday.
Costco, an American membership-only wholesale club, said on Thursday that it plans to offer discounts to members at the opening of its new store in New Taipei's Xinzhuang District instead of free breakfast and gifts as it did in the past.
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Terry Gou (郭台銘), founder and chairman of Taiwan-based manufacturing giant Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (鴻海), has raised his stake in the Sakai Display Products Corp. (SDP) -- which he and Sharp Corp. jointly own -- to more than 50 percent.
Shares in Taiwan pulled back on Thursday with the weighted index falling below the 9,200 point mark again as investors responded to a fall of more than 100 points on the Dow Jones Industrial Average overnight, dealers said.
Taiwan's shipments of information and communications technology (ICT) and audio-video products to the U.S. grew US$260 million or 3.7 percent year-on-year to reach US$7.39 billion in the first 11 months of the year, according to the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).
The newly unveiled TIP Low Volatility Select 30 Index (the TIP LV 30 index) is expected to serve as an ideal investment tool that will help investors generate stable returns, according to index provider Taiwan Index Plus Corp. (TIP, 台灣指數公司).
Shares in Taiwan staged a mild technical rebound Monday, but turnover continued to fall to less than NT$40 billion (US$1.24 billion), as many foreign institutional investors remained away from the trading floor due to the holiday season, dealers said.
Capital Bus Co. and Kamalan Bus Inc. have announced an increase in fares beginning Jan. 1 for routes connecting Taipei to Yilan, citing hikes in costs resulting from newly implemented revisions to the labor law.
Shares in Taiwan extended losses from the previous session on Friday, when trading volume continued to shrink with more foreign institutional investors away for the upcoming Christmas holiday, dealers said.
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