Swiss stocks – Factors to watch on April 6

ZURICH, April 6 (Reuters) – Swiss stocks are set to open
firmer on Wednesday, in line with markets across Europe, as
investors turn more optimistic about economic growth.

The Swiss blue-chip index SMI (.SSMI: Quote, Profile, Research) was indicated to rise
19 points to 6,452 points, premarket data provided by bank
Clariden Leu showed. (CLPRE: Quote, Profile, Research)

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

TRANSOCEAN (RIGN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research)

Transocean Ltd said on Tuesday that its senior managers are
donating their 2010 safety bonuses to a memorial fund to help
the families of the 11 workers killed in the explosion of its
Deepwater Horizon rig, which caused the BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) oil spill.

For related news, click on [RIGN.VX]

ACTELION (ATLN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research)

Actelion is nominating two pharmaceutical industry veterans
to join its board as it ramps up efforts to get shareholders
onside ahead of what is likely to be a tense annual general
meeting on May 5.

For related news, click on [ATLN.VX]

SGS (SGSN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research)

SGS buys Sertec S.r.l, which generated nearly 7 million
euros in revenue in 2010.

For related news, click on [SGSN.VX]

ECONOMY [M-CH]

Switzerland’s current monetary conditions are appropriate
for the economy as a whole, Swiss National Bank board member
Jean-Pierre Danthine was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

COMPANY STATEMENTS [CNR-CH]

* Zehnder (ZEH.S: Quote, Profile, Research) announces appointment of Juerg Ammann as a
Member of the Group Executive Committee [ZEH.S]

* Walter Meier (WMN.S: Quote, Profile, Research) acquires UK-based JS Humidifiers,
which had sales of 13 million Swiss francs in 2010.[WMN.S]

* Sonova (SOON.VX: Quote, Profile, Research) introduces new products from Phonak,
Unitron and Sona. [SOON.VX]

* gategroup (GATE.S: Quote, Profile, Research) chief executive Guy Dubois has resigned
with immediatle effect and taken moral responsibility over a 22
million Swiss franc fraud by a former employee of the
group.[GATE.S]

* Kudelski (KUD.S: Quote, Profile, Research) said a vast majority of investors
accepted all board of director proposals and re-elected all
board members at the annual general meeting.[KUD.S]

* Global Natural Resources Holding (GNR.S: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Wednesday
it was unable to meet the deadline set by the district court of
Zurich to appoint a new company auditor.[GNR.S]

EQUITY RESEARCH [CH-RCH]

* Credit Suisse starts coverage of Syngenta (SYNN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research) with
rating neutral, price target 300 Sfr

* Credit Suisse cuts price target for Zurich (ZURN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research) to
280 Sfr from 295 Sfr

* Barclays raises price target for Julius Baer (BAER.VX: Quote, Profile, Research) to
40 Sfr from 31 Sfr; rating equal weight

* Jefferies raises price target for Newron (NWRN.S: Quote, Profile, Research) to 7.50
Sfr from 6.00 Sfr; rating hold

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Swiss stocks – Factors to watch on April 6