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Ajisen, Megaworld, Powerchip: Asia Ex-Japan Equity Preview

The following companies may have unusual price changes in Asian trading, excluding Japan. Stock symbols are in parentheses, and share prices are from the previous close, unless noted otherwise.

Ajisen China Holdings Ltd. (538 HK): The operator of Japanese-style ramen restaurants plans to buy pig farms in China to curb rising costs and ensure a stable supply of key ingredients, the South China Morning Post said, citing Chief Executive Daisy Poon Wai. Ajisen wants to buy the farms as volatile pork prices and consumer inflation “challenged” its profit margin, Poon was cited as saying. The stock rose 0.5 percent to HK$8.28.

Ayala Corp. (AC PM): The owner of the largest Philippine builder acquired 40,000 of its own shares at 320 pesos each, a stock-exchange filing showed. Separately, investors who buy the stock today will not be entitled to the company’s dividend of 2 pesos a share. The stock was unchanged at 320 pesos.

Delta Electronics Inc. (2308 TT): The maker of power supply products said its board approved a plan to spend NT$1.2 billion ($37.2 million) to build a third factory in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan. The stock increased 2.5 percent to NT$101.

Henderson Land Development Co. (12 HK): The builder controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Lee Shau-kee said it will take a charge of HK$734 million ($94 million) against earnings after sales of 20 luxury flats were canceled -- including one it had claimed as a world record. The stock rose 0.4 percent to HK$47.80.

Macquarie DDR Trust (MDT AU): A joint venture of Plaza Centers NV now owns a 48 percent stake in Macquarie DDR after investing approximately $116 million in the company. Macquarie owns and manages two U.S. real estate investment trust portfolios that have 78 retail properties in 23 states. The stock decreased 3.8 percent to 5.1 Australian cents.

Megaworld Corp. (MEG PM): Chairman Andrew Tan acquired 20 million shares at 1 peso each through the Philippine developer’s one-for-four stock rights, a stock-exchange filing showed. Separately, Megaworld, the nation’s fourth-biggest builder by market value, said it will pay 487.7 million pesos in dividends to common and preferred shares. The stock climbed 6.4 percent to 1.34 pesos.

Powerchip Technology Corp. (5346 TT): The biggest memory-chip maker bought NT$1.45 billion of equipment from ASML Hong Kong Ltd., the Hsinchu, Taiwan-based company said. The stock advanced 2.2 percent to NT$4.25.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (2330 TT): The world’s largest contract manufacturer of chips said it signed agreements with Stion Corp., a U.S.-based maker of solar photovoltaic modules, on technology licensing, supply and joint development. The company also said that its affiliate VentureTech Alliance will invest $50 million to take a 21 percent stake in Stion. The stock rose 0.5 percent to NT$61.4

Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd. (551 HK): The world’s largest supplier of branded athletic and casual shoes said first-half profit fell 3.2 percent to $211 million from a year earlier. Sales rose 4.3 percent to $2.65 billion. The stock increased 1.1 percent to HK$23.70.

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