(Reuters) - Apple Inc's Asian supplier and assembler stocks fell on Tuesday on a media report that the iPhone maker had told its smartphone assemblers to halt plans for additional production lines dedicated to its new iPhone XR.
Apple shares fell nearly 4 percent on Monday after the report by the Nikkei financial daily, which fuelled concerns that the iPhone XR - the cheapest of three iPhones unveiled in September - was facing weak demand just days after it went on sale.
The Nikkei, citing supply chain sources, said Apple had also asked smaller iPhone assembler Wistron Corp to stand by for rush orders, but the firm would receive no planned orders for the iPhone XR this season.
Wistron shares were down 0.8 percent on Tuesday.
"Foxconn's proportion of orders is bigger than Pegatron's with a ratio of about 6 to 4. Wistron doesn't have as many orders as the two, so the impact won't be so big there," said Nicole Tu, analyst at Yuanta Investment Consulting in Taipei.
Apple began shipping the iPhone XR on Oct 26 after two weeks of pre orders. The company had released the higher priced iPhone XS and XS Max more than a month earlier.
Demand concerns have weighed on Apple's stock in the past few sessions, pushing its market value below $1 trillion.
On Tuesday, shares in other Taiwan-based Apple suppliers fell sharply as well.
Apple on Monday did not respond to a Reuters request for comment. Foxconn, Pegatron and Wistron declined to comment.
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