Samsung Taiwan was unavailable for comment and Taiwan TFT LCD makers remain doubtful about the rumor. The Taiwanese companies suspect the price cuts are for Samsung’s second-tier inventories and expect the incident to have little impact on the projected US$270-290 price range for 17-inch LCD monitor panels in the third quarter of this year.
The Taiwan-based makers pointed out that it is unlikely that Samsung will cut prices of its A-grade panels this early and that prices of the segment may not drop to US$230-240 until year-end.
The stock prices of the Taiwanese manufacturers fell 2-4% yesterday, after Samsung was rumored to have cut its prices.
Samsung was formerly said to be planning to lower prices of its 17-inch LCD monitor panels by US$5-10 each quarter, the sources stated.
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