The benchmark Taiex Index retreated 2.1 percent to 7,872.66. The gauge has risen 11 percent this year, poised for the best three-month performance since the quarter ended September 2010.
Chimei Innolux Corp. (3481) (3481 TT) dropped 4.8 percent to NT$13.85. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.’s investment in Sharp Co. is “negative” for Chimei as it signals Hon Hai’s support for the flat-panel maker will be extensively diluted, analysts led by Robert Cheng at Bank of America Merrill Lynch wrote in a note. Hon Hai has a stake in Chimei.
Motech Industries Inc. (6244) (6244 TT) lost 5 percent to NT$51.20, the lowest close since Dec. 21, and Sino-American Silicon Products Inc. (5483) (5483 TT) slumped 6.9 percent to NT$53 after trade journal PHOTON International said waning political support in established markets hurt photovoltaic panel prices.
Taiwan Fertilizer Co. (1722) (1722 TT) retreated 2.6 percent to NT$76.50, the lowest close since Feb. 7. The company was cut to neutral at Fubon Securities Co.
Yulon Nissan Motor Co. (2227) (2227 TT) declined 3 percent to NT$212.50, the lowest close since Feb. 24. The venture between Nissan Motor Co. and Yulon Motor Co. was cut to neutral from add, the equivalent of buy, at Fubon Securities.
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