Swiss stocks – Factors to watch on Dec 13

ZURICH, Dec 13 (BestGrowthStock) – Swiss stocks are expected to open
firmer on Monday, in line with markets across Europe, after
positive Chinese and U.S. macro data.

The Swiss blue-chip index SMI (.SSMI: ) was indicated to open
25 points higher at 6,546 points, premarket data provided by
bank Clariden Leu showed. (CLPRE: )

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


* Switzerland’s second largest bank by market cap may issue
up to $30 billion in contingent-capital bonds over the next
several years to help shore up its finances ahead of the start
of new bank rules, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

* Credit Suisse is looking for acquisitions to strengthen
its private banking business, unit head Walter Berchtold was
quoted as saying in Swiss newspaper Sonntagszeitung on Sunday.

For related news, click on [CSGN.VX]


UBS Chief Executive Oswald Gruebel and Chairman of the Board
Kaspar Villiger will not step down before 2012, Swiss newspaper
Sonntagszeitung reported quoting two sources close to the bank’s

For related news, click on [UBSN.VX]


* Amgen chief executive Kevin Sharer and his Actelion
counterpart Jean-Paul Clozel met last week to disuss Amgen’s
interest in Actelion, but no offer was made, according to a
Bloomberg report.

* On Friday, Actelion’s chief said he was against a large
shareholder that could influence the future of the company.

For related news, click on [ATLN.VX]


SGS said on Monday it is to buy FCC Vehicle Inspection
businesses in Spain and Argentina for 180 million euros, giving
the world’s largest inspection services company a significant
position in Spain and bolstering its foothold in Argentina.

For related news, click on [SGSN.VX]


Roche said on Monday Paul Bulcke, Christoph Franz and Peter
Voser will be proposed for appointment to the board of directors
at the 2011 AGM.

For related news, click on [ROG.VX]


Swiss biotech group Evolva said its major shareholders had
agreed to partially extend the lock-up on their current holdings
until Sept. 1, 2011, through a staggered release and a
coordinated sale of shares in a bid to increase the free float
and to achieve an orderly unwinding of the lock-up

For related news, click on [EVE.S]


Swiss Re has launched a 75 million euro catastrophe bond to
cover its potential losses from reinsurance on French windstorm
risks provided to insurer Groupama, according to a statement
from rating agency S&P.

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* Swiss producer and import price data are due at 0815 GMT

* The strong Swiss franc will weigh on Swiss unemployment
next year and could keep the country’s growth rates down over
the next two years, the head of the State Secretariat for
Economic Affairs’ (SECO) labour division said on Sunday.


* Syngenta (SYNN.VX: ): Closes acquisition of Monsanto’s
sunflower seeds activities [SYNN.VX]

* Partners Group (PGHN.S: ): Announces office opening in
Munich and promotions [PGHN.S]



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Swiss stocks – Factors to watch on Dec 13