Technology Sector Update for 07/27/2020: SCKT,SOGO,SOHU,TSM,INTC,AAPL,TSM

Technology stocks helped lift the broader equity markets to positive ground, with the SPDR Technology Select Sector ETF Monday ahead 1.7% while the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index was rising 3.0%.

In company news, Socket Mobile (SCKT) streaked as much as 182% higher on Monday, earlier touching its highest share price since October 2008, after the data capture company introduced it DuraSled for the XCover Pro, which can a smart device into a mobile barcode scanner. It is compatible with Samsung's XCover Pro phones, and also supports the control of applications.

Sogou (SOGO) raced 47% higher after the Chinese-language search engine company received a non-binding acquisition proposal from entertainment conglomerate Tencent Holdings Ltd. Under terms of the prospective transaction, Tencent would pay $9 in cash for the 60.8% of Sogou it doesn't already own, including Sogou's parent company's 33.8% equity stake.

United Microelectronics (UMC) climbed over 16% after Monday disclosing in a new regulatory filing its purchase of machinery and equipment from an Applied Materials (AMAT) subsidiary in Taiwan for about TWD1.02 billion. The chipmaker also responded to news reports last week it is expecting to report its best operating profit in a decade on Wednesday, saying it did not issue any forecast and noting the July 23 estimate was "based on the speculation of a journalist."

Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) Monday rose nearly 12% to another record high of $82.86 a share after the Taipei-based Commercial Times newspaper reported Intel (INTC) has placed an order with the contract chipmaker for 180,000 of its 6-nanometer processors for 2021. Monday's advance also has supported by a separate report in Taipei's Economic Daily News that Apple (AAPL) is planning to set up a research and development plant within Taiwan Semiconductor to work on high-end displays.

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