ZURICH, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The Swiss blue-chip SMI was seen opening 0.13 percent lower at 9,440 points on Friday, according to premarket indications by bank Julius Baer .
The following are some of the main factors expected to affect Swiss stocks:
The world's biggest food group proposed three new independent directors to its board on Thursday as it seeks to accelerate its transformation into a company that makes health products.
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The Swiss surfacing, textile machinery and automotive conglomerate said it secured two major contracts worth 540 million Swiss francs for its synthetic fiber textile machinery business, a development that will help boost the segment's margins.
The shares were seen rising.
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* Roche said Japanese regulators approved its immunotherapy Tecentriq for a form of lung cancer.
* Schmolz+Bickenbach increases offer for Asco Industries to 195 million euros ($239.01 million), including 82 million euros in investments in Asco Industries' production facilities over the next four years.
* Elma Group said the U.S. tax changes have led to an unanticipated 1 million Swiss franc ($1.04 million) writeoff of deferred tax assets, which will reduce the previously released estimated net profit figure of 4 million francs.
* BB Biotech said it had a net gain of 688 million Swiss francs in 2017, compared to a net loss of 802 million francs in 2016.
* Santhera said it plans to announce 2017 key preliminary figures and regulatory feedback on Raxone on Jan. 26.
* Burkhalter Holding Ltd said it is selling its share in Alpiq Burkhalter Technik AG to Alpiq InTec AG.
* Zehnder Group said 2017 sales rose 8 percent to 582.4 million francs and that it improved its operating margin compared to the previous year.
* Clariant opened a new masterbatch production site in Saudi Arabia
* Swiss producer and import price index due at 0815 GMT ($1 = 0.8159 euros) ($1 = 0.9573 Swiss francs) (Reporting by Zurich newsroom)