January 25, 2019 / 5:46 AM / 6 months ago

Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on Jan. 25

ZURICH/BERLIN, Jan 25 (Reuters) - The Swiss blue-chip SMI was seen opening 0.2 percent higher at 8,954 points on Friday, according to premarket indications by bank Julius Baer .

SWATCH

The watchmaker will ask shareholders to reduce the group's equity capital by cancelling stock that the company has repurchased, it said.

ROCHE

The drugmaker's U.S. unit Genentech named Alexander Hardy as its CEO, to replace Bill Anderson, who was recently named the head of the Swiss company's drugs division.

GIVAUDAN

The company said its 2018 net income fell by nearly 8 percent as higher financing costs and foreign currency losses hit the fragrance and flavourings maker.

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COMPANY STATEMENTS

* Ascom Holding said Jeannine Pilloud Nominated As New Chairperson Of The Board Of Directors

* SFS reported full-year revenue growth of 6.5 percent, with operating income of 243 mln Sfr.

* Compagnie Financiere Tradition reported full-year revenue growth of 9.5 percent at constant currencies.

* Conzzeta said it was disposing of its glass processing segment. * HBM Healthcare Investments reported a 9-month profit of 81 million francs.

ANALYSTS' VIEWS

SWATCH - Credit Suisse cuts to "neutral" from "outperform", cuts price target to 340 Sfr vs 510 Sfr

SGS - Credit Suisse cuts to "neutral" from "outperform", cuts price target to 2,400 Sfr vs 2,700 Sfr

ECONOMY

No major economic data scheduled. (Reporting by Zurich newsroom and Berlin Speed Desk)

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