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Taiwan: Stocks fall after weak export orders data

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[TAIPEI] Taiwan stocks fell on Tuesday as dour overseas markets and weak export orders data at home weighed on investor sentiment.

No surprise from Apple Inc's latest iteration of its flagship smartphone also failed to give key tech shares a lift.

As of 0233 GMT, the main TAIEX index was down 0.6 percent at 8,759.11, after closing 0.02 per cent higher in the previous session.

The electronics subindex sank 0.9 per cent, while the financials subindex lost one per cent.

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Apple suppliers were mostly down, with Hon Hai Precision Industry and Pegatron, both of which assemble iPhones, were lower 0.8 per cent and 2.2 per cent, respectively.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), which supplies some of the chips in the iPhones, was off 1.3 per cent.

Apple on Monday launched its least expensive iPhone as the company tries to reverse falling phone sales, but the new gadget did not wow tech experts or investors.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's export orders in February fell for the 11th month in a row, data released after market hours on Monday showed, cementing expectations of a rate cut at the central bank's next meeting on Thursday.

The Taiwan dollar firmed T$0.096 to T$32.449 per US dollar.