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Taiwan Shares Close Down 0.84%

Taiwan’s stock market concluded Tuesday, June 4th, 2024, on a slightly negative note. The Taiex, the benchmark stock index, closed down 0.84%, or 180.14 points. This modest downturn can be attributed, in part, to weakness within the technology sector, a key driver of the Taiwanese market.

The Taiex’s decline mirrored a broader trend observed in Asian markets on Tuesday. Regional indices in Japan, South Korea, and mainland China also experienced slight losses, reflecting cautious investor sentiment ahead of key economic data releases later in the week.

Despite the closing decline, the Taiex remained within a relatively narrow trading range throughout the day. This suggests a degree of underlying stability within the Taiwanese market, even amidst the minor pullback.

The technology sector, a crucial component of the Taiwanese economy, emerged as the primary drag on the market on Tuesday. Shares of major technology companies, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chipmaker, closed lower. This decline can be attributed to profit-taking by investors after a recent period of strong gains for technology stocks.

However, some analysts point to concerns surrounding a potential global economic slowdown as another factor contributing to the technology sector’s weakness. Rising interest rates and potential trade tensions could dampen global chip demand, impacting Taiwanese technology companies that rely heavily on exports.

The performance of the US dollar on the Taipei foreign exchange market also played a role in the movement of Taiwanese stocks. On Tuesday, the US dollar closed slightly lower against the Taiwanese New Dollar (NTD). This depreciation of the US dollar can provide a minor boost to the competitiveness of Taiwanese exports, potentially offering some positive sentiment for export-oriented companies listed on Taiex.

Overall, the modest decline in the Taiex on Tuesday reflects a confluence of factors. Weakness in the technology sector, cautious investor sentiment, and broader regional market trends contributed to the day’s movement. The coming days will be crucial in gauging the sustainability of this pullback and the future direction of the Taiwanese stock market.

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