BERLIN/ZURICH, Jan 8 (Reuters) - The Swiss blue-chip SMI was seen opening 0.3% lower at 10,658 points on Wednesday, according to premarket indications by bank Julius Baer.
Here are some of the main factors that may affect Swiss stocks:
European companies will report a smaller growth in earnings in the fourth quarter than previously expected, but are likely to end a nine month long corporate recession, according to data from I/B/E/S Refinitiv.
* Unlisted Swiss customs and freight forwarding solutions provider SISA Studio Informatica SA is acquired by Australia's WiseTech Global.
* SGS said it has acquired U.S. clinical research company Thomas J Stephens & Associates for an undisclosed amount.
* Schindler Holding - family members have agreed a to reallocate shares between generations in a series of transactions due to take place in the next two years.
CREDIT SUISSE - RBC cuts target price to 15 SFr from 15.50 SFr
UBS - RBC raises target price to 14.50 SFr from 13.50 SFr
ABB - BofA Global Research says the company rolled over back on to Europe 1 list
No major Swiss economic data scheduled
Reporting by Zurich newsroom and Berlin Speed Desk