Swiss stocks – Factors to watch on April 4

ZURICH, April 4 (Reuters) – Swiss stocks are set to open
lower on Monday, in line with European markets seen dipping as
traders consolidate hefty gains from the previous session.

The Swiss Market Index future was 11 points lower at 6,327
points.(FSMIc1: Quote, Profile, Research)

The following are some of the main factors expected to
affect Swiss stocks:

ECONOMY [M-CH]

* Swiss interest rates are too low for the booming housing
market but the strong franc puts the Swiss National Bank in a
difficult position, board member Jean-Pierre Danthine was quoted
as saying on Saturday.

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COMPANY STATEMENTS [CNR-CH]

* ABB (ABBN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research) said it won a $30 million power order in
Australia. [ABBN.VX]

* Swiss Life (SLHN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research) said the sale of Nationale Suisse’s
(NATN.S: Quote, Profile, Research) group life business to Swiss Life had been approved by
the supervisory authorities. [SLHN.VX] [NATN.S]

* Gate Gourmet, a member of gategroup (GATE.S: Quote, Profile, Research), has sold its
interests in Portugal to Newrest effective immediately. [GATE.S]

* Publigroupe (PUBN.S: Quote, Profile, Research) said it was strengthening the key
account management in the print and digital sectors. [PUBN.S]

* Mondobiotech Holding (RARE.S: Quote, Profile, Research) said its interim financial
information 30 September 2010 was available. [RARE.S]

* Rieter (RIEN.S: Quote, Profile, Research) said it was selling its shareholding in
the Indian joint venture Rieter-LMW Machinery Limited. [RIEN.S]

EQUITY RESEARCH [CH-RCH]

* Kepler raises Sonova Holding AG (SOON.VX: Quote, Profile, Research) to buy from
hold. [SOON.VX]

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Swiss stocks – Factors to watch on April 4