ZURICH, March 8 (Reuters) - Swiss stocks were expected to open higher on Friday, in line with other European markets with fresh signs of Chinese economic growth and expectations that U.S. data will show a further pick-up in employment giving a boost to risk appetite.
The Swiss blue-chip SMI was seen rising 0.2 percent to 7,719 points, according to the SMI future..
The following are some of the main factors expected to affect Swiss stocks on Friday:
* Meyer Burger Technology Ltd entered into a secured loan agreement for 30 million Swiss francs with a Swiss banking syndicate, to partially refinance the costs of its new production and headquarters building.
* High-tech electronics group Cicor said provisional figures for 2012 show the positive trend of the first half of the year has gathered strength.
* Schmolz + Bickenbach AG has successfully completed negotiations with lending banks for amendment of credit agreements.
* gategroup has signed a pair of five-year agreements worth approximately 425 million francs to provide catering and provisioning services for Iberia and Iberia Express.
* PubliGroupe posted a group net profit of 50.2 million francs in 2012 compared to 27.7 million a year earlier helped by the sale of a significant portion of its real estate portfolio and web service provider Namics.
* Coltene said full-year net income rose 68.5 percent to 9.5 million francs.
Swiss consumer prices due at 0815 GMT.