April 1, 2019 / 4:57 AM / 3 months ago

Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on April 1

ZURICH/BERLIN, April 1 (Reuters) - The Swiss blue-chip SMI was seen opening 0.5 percent higher at 9,527 points on Monday, according to premarket indications by bank Julius Baer .

PANALPINA

Denmark's DSV A/S DSV.CO will buy Panalpina PWTN.S in a share swap valued at 4.6 billion Swiss francs ($4.62 billion), the Swiss freight forwarder said on Monday, after receiving a raised offer.

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NOVARTIS

The drugmaker said it will buy IFM Tre, focused on developing anti-inflammatory medicines targeting the NLRP3 inflammasome.

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Clariant

Annual general meeting.

COMPANY STATEMENTS

* Eastern Property Holding said it expected a full-year net profit of $30 million.

* UBS Group says it intends to propose to shareholders an ordinary dividend of 0.70 francs per share for the 2018 financial year.

ECONOMY

February retail sales due at 0630 GMT.

March manufacturing PMI due at 0730 GMT. ($1 = 0.8903 euros) (Reporting by Zurich newsroom and Berlin Speed Desk)

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