ZURICH, March 8 The Swiss blue-chip SMI
was seen opening unchanged at 8,627 points on Wednesday,
according to premarket indications by bank Julius Baer
The following are some of the main factors expected to
affect Swiss stocks.
The Swiss food group plans to close its 138-year-old plant
in Linz, Austria, by March 2018, it said on Tuesday, citing
falling demand and changing consumer trends.
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* Leclanche SA said it has received certifications
for its LTO battery cells' compliance with latest Chinese
standards, a pre-requisite for sales in the country.
* Charles Voegele said it has postponed its annual
shareholders meeting from April 20 to a later,
still-to-be-determined, date amid its sale to Italy's Sempione,
which filed a claim regarding cancellation of outstanding
* Norinvest said Cedric Anker has been named Banque
Cramer & Cie's new chief executive officer.
* Dormakaba Holding said its first half net profit
rose to 95.8 million Swiss francs ($94.51 million)from 67.1
million francs a year earlier.
* Kardex said its full year profit increased by 8.1
percent to 30.8 million euros.
* Bossard Holding said its full year earnings before
interest increased by 11.6 percent to 78.5 million Swiss francs
and net income rose 14.6 percent to 62.4 million francs.
* Banque Cantonale Du Valais said its net profit
increased by 1.3 percent to 57.5 million Swiss francs.
* Lifewatch said federal claims in the Qui Tam case
which was brought, in part, on behalf of Federal Government
Payors, Medicare, Tricare And Veterans Administration have been
dismissed with prejudice.
* Gurit said it currently estimates the company
will continue to grow on a low single-digit level in 2017 after
posting FY2016 net sales of 352 million Swiss francs ($347.24
million), a currency-adjusted increase of 0.3 percent versus
* Feintool said its net profit for 2016 rose to
32.1 million Swiss francs from 20.1 million francs a year
earlier, and said it was proposing lifting its dividend by a
third to 2 francs per share.
* Daetwyler said former Chief Executive Paul Haelg
has been elected chairman of the company, succeeding Ulrich
Swiss CPI due at 0815 GMT
($1 = 1.0137 Swiss francs)
(Reporting by Zurich newsroom)