Swiss stocks – Factors to watch on March 30

ZURICH, March 30 (Reuters) – Swiss stocks are set to rise on
Wednesday, in line with European markets as investors are seen
looking beyond concerns related to Japan and Libya and focusing
on a positive longer-term outlook.

The Swiss blue-chip index SMI (.SSMI: Quote, Profile, Research) was indicated to rise
47 points to 6,404 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:

SONOVA(SOON.VX: Quote, Profile, Research)

Swiss hearing aid maker Sonova said on Wednesday its Chief
Executive, Chief Financial Officer and Chairman would all step
down after company executives sold shares just days before a
profit warning.
For related news click on [SOON.VX]

SWATCH GROUP (UHR.VX: Quote, Profile, Research)

Swatch Group’s chairwoman said buying Tiffany & Co (TIF.N: Quote, Profile, Research)
was not on the agenda and the U.S. jeweller could do better in
selling the watches Swatch makes under the companies’ alliance.

For related news click on [ID:nLDE6671FF]

VONTOBEL (VONN.S: Quote, Profile, Research)

The Swiss private bank named Axel Schwarzer as the new head
ofthe asset management business unit and a member of the group
executive management, effective May 4.

For related news, click on [VONN.S]

ECONOMY [M-CH]

* The Swiss franc’s surge against the dollar limits the
Swiss central bank’s leeway to raise interest rates, Swiss
National Bank vice-chairman Thomas Jordan said in a newspaper
interview. [ID:nLDE72S26G]

* Switzerland’s key growth barometer, the KOF, is due at
0930 GMT. Analysts expect the indicator to dip to 2.15 in
March.(ECONCH: Quote, Profile, Research)

COMPANY STATEMENTS [CNR-CH]

* Swisslog (SLOG.S: Quote, Profile, Research) said a U.S. district court in Delaware
has dismissed a patent infringement claim filed by McKesson
against Swisslog. [SLOG.S]

* SHL Telemedicine (SHLTN.S: Quote, Profile, Research) reported fourth quarter and
fiscal year 2010 financial results. [SHLTN.S]

* Looser Holding (LOHN.S: Quote, Profile, Research) said it saw further revenue and
earnings growth in 2010. [LOHN.S]

* Bobst Group (BOBNN.S: Quote, Profile, Research) said it had seen return of growth
and major improvement in profitability in 2010. [BOBNN.S]

* Conzzeta (CZH.S: Quote, Profile, Research) said it had seen a marked improvement in
revenues and profits in 2010. [CZH.S]

* Myriad Group (MYRN.S: Quote, Profile, Research) announced fiscal year 2010 results.
[MYRN.S]

* Uster (USTN.S: Quote, Profile, Research) shareholders approve all motions of the
board of directors [USTN.S]

EQUITY RESEARCH [CH-RCH]

For companies trading ex-dividend, please click on:

(.EX.S: Quote, Profile, Research) for all Swiss stocks

(.EXSMI.S: Quote, Profile, Research) for blue chips

(.EXNSMI.S: Quote, Profile, Research) for other stocks

Swiss stocks – Factors to watch on March 30