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Taiwan: Stocks dip to over one-week low; financial shares drop

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[TAIPEI] Taiwan stocks fell on Thursday, tracking declines in overseas markets, with selling led by heavyweights in the financial sector.

Shares in Mega Financial Holding Co Ltd, which closed down for nine in 10 trading sessions, slipped 1.9 per cent early in the trade, following its chairman's resignation on Wednesday.

Shiu Kuang Si resigned from all his positions at the Taiwanese financial firm after its banking unit was fined last month for breach of anti-money laundering regulations in New York.

As of 0225 GMT, the main Taiex index dropped as much as 0.9 per cent to 8,980.21, to hit the lowest since August 22. The bourse closed down 0.5 per cent in the previous session.

The electronics subindex lost 0.5 per cent, while the financials subindex sank 1.1 per cent.

The Taiwan dollar firmed NT$0.013 to T$31.713 per US dollar.

REUTERS