December 15, 2017 / 5:47 AM / a year ago

Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on Dec 15

ZURICH, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The Swiss blue-chip SMI was seen opening 0.1 percent lower at 9,372 points on Friday, according to premarket indications by bank Julius Baer .

Here are some of the main factors that may affect Swiss stocks.


The world's largest cement maker is revamping its management structure to make countries more accountable for results.

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Oncology head Bruno Strigini will retire next year for personal reasons, the Swiss drugmaker said, adding that it would announce his successor at a later date.


Generic drugmaker Perrigo has decided to enter the fray for Merck KGaA's consumer health unit, sources told Reuters, and is preparing an indicative offer for the $4.7 billion business ahead of a deadline on Friday.

Perrigo is expected to face competition from Swiss food giant Nestle and the private equity owners of German drug firm Stada, which are also lining up non-binding offers for the maker of Seven Seas vitamins and Bion nutritional supplements, the sources said on Thursday.

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Britain kept the top spot in global financial services exports last year but Brexit threatens to raise barriers to its biggest market in Europe, TheCityUK said on Friday.


* NV intends to launch a partial self tender offer for 15% of its own shares at a fixed price of chf 16.00 per share​

* Coltene Holding AG ‍is switching its accounting and reporting standard from IFRS to Swiss GAAP

* Helvetia Holding AG PriceHubble completes multi-million round of financing

* Plazza Immobilien AG says to achieve operating profit before depreciation and revaluation in 2017 that is slightly higher than in the previous year‍​

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