Apple supplier shares slide after Trump tells tech giant
to make products in U.S.
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[September 10, 2018]
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Shares of
Apple Inc <AAPL.O> suppliers fell across Asia on Monday after U.S.
President Donald Trump tweeted that the tech giant should make products
in the United States if it wanted to avoid tariffs on Chinese imports.
Trump's comment came after Apple told U.S. trade officials on Friday
that proposed tariffs by Washington in an escalating trade war with
China would affect prices for a "wide range" of Apple items, including
the Apple Watch. It did not mention the iPhone.
Shares in China-based Apple suppliers Luxshare Precision Co Ltd
<002475.SZ>, Shenzhen Sunway Communication Co Ltd <300136.SZ> and Suzhou
Dongshan Precision Manufacturing Co Ltd <002384.SZ> all dropped as much
as 10 percent.
Lens Technology Co Ltd <300433.SZ>, Universal Scientific Industrial
Shanghai Co Ltd <601231.SS> and Suzhou Anjie Technology Co Ltd
<002635.SZ> fell between 6 and 8 percent.
In Taiwan, camera lens-maker Largan Precision Co Ltd <3008.TW> slid
nearly 8 percent, Foxconn <2317.TW>, formally known as Hon Hai Precision
Industry Co, fell 3.4 percent, while assembler Pegatron Corp <4938.TW>
dropped nearly 4 percent.
Taiwan's ASE Technology Holding Co Ltd <3711.TW>, which counts Apple as
one of its top clients, fell 2.9 percent.
Chien Bor-yi, an analyst at Taipei-based Cathay Futures Consultant, said
Apple's component supply chain in Taiwan would take a major hit if the
United States increased tariffs on Chinese imported products.
"People have concerns about the stock market. It's not a seller's
market, but it's also not a buyer's market. No one knows how deep the
well is," he said.
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Workers prepare for the opening of an Apple store in Hangzhou,
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The technology sector is one of the biggest potential losers in the $200 billion
tariff list proposed by Washington on Chinese imports because the tariffs would
make imported computer parts more expensive.
Trump warned on Friday that he was ready to slap tariffs on virtually all
Chinese imports into the United States, threatening duties on a further $267
billion of goods.
Hong Kong-listed AAC Technologies <2018.HK> fell more than 5 percent. The
company supplies acoustic components and haptic technology - which enables users
to receive tactile sensations from an interface - for Apple products such as the
iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
In Japan, Nissha <7915.T> eased 0.4 percent, Japan Display <6740.T> fell 0.7
percent and Sharp Corp <6753.T> dropped nearly 1 percent.
"People are in a bit of a panic today. Looking forward, the focus would be on
how the market reacts after Apple releases its latest models," said Kevin Chung,
analyst at JihSun Securities Investment Consulting.
(Reporting By Loh Liang-sa and Yimou Lee in TAIPEI; Writing by Anne Marie
Roantree in HONG KONG; Editing by Darren Schuettler)
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