20080728 MCI Biweekly Update

Between July 14, 2008 to July 25, 2008, the MCI index fell from 6599.2 to 6402.8, down by 196.4 points. Aside from the persisting downbeat outlook toward the TFT LCD industry, the decline was also attributed to the downfall in global markets, as the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage crisis once again highlighted the troubles in the housing sector. Thus, despite steep drops in the oil price during the past two weeks, the general economic outlook remained uncertain.