Taiwan Stocks: Astro, E Ink Holdings, International Games, HTC
The Taiex Index (TWSE) fell 0.8 percent to 7,309.96, the biggest drop since June 8.
Gaming companies: Astro Corp. (3064) (3064 TT), which markets motherboards and software for commercial arcade game machines, climbed 1.1 percent to NT$45, the highest close since May 15. International Games System Co. (3293) (3293 TT) advanced 1.5 percent to NT$135. Residents of Taiwan’s Matsu islands voted in favor of casinos to help attract tourists.
E Ink Holdings Inc. (8069 TT) tumbled 7 percent to NT$32.1, the biggest drop since Dec. 6. The supplier to Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle said June sales slumped 71 percent from a year earlier to NT$532.5 million ($17.8 million), according to a statement.
HTC Corp. (2498) (2498 TT), Asia’s second-largest smartphone maker, retreated 5.6 percent to NT$304, the lowest close since March 15, 2010. Second-quarter net income declined 58 percent from a year earlier to NT$7.4 billion, HTC said in a statement on its website on July 6.
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