Swiss stocks – Factors to watch on Sept 9

ZURICH, Sept 9 (BestGrowthStock) – Swiss stocks are set to ease on
Thursday, in line with other European bourses, as profit-taking
is expected to kick in ahead of key U.S. weekly jobless
claims.

The Swiss blue-chip index SMI(.SSMI: ) was indicated to fall
10 points to 6,378 points, premarket data provided by bank
Clariden Leu showed.(CLPRE: )

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

BARRY CALLEBAUT (BARN.S: )

Swiss chocolate-maker Barry Callebaut (BARN.S: ) expects to
boost production capacity in North America, Europe and elsewhere
thanks to a significant global supply agreement signed with U.S.
giant Kraft Foods (KFT.N: ).

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GOTTEX (GFMN.S: )

Swiss hedge funds company Gottex (GSMN.S: ) slipped into an
operating loss in the first half of 2010 as persistent
scepticism about alternative investments continued to depress
revenues.

For related news click on [GFMN.S]

UBS (UBSN.VX: )(UBS.N: )

*UBS (UBSN.VX: ) has hired two bankers to join its ultra high
net-worth team in Singapore, the bank said in an internal memo.

*Goldman Sachs (GS.N: ) hired Philip Shelley, co-head of
corporate broking at UBS (UBSN.VX: ), to bolster its team advising
UK blue-chips on relations with big investors, people familiar
with the matter said.

For related news click on [UBSN.VX]

ECONOMY [M-CH]

COMPANY STATEMENTS [CNR-CH]

* Altin AG (ALTN.S: ) purchased 10,000 of its own shares at an
average price of 50.81 Swiss francs each [ALTN.S]

* u-blox (UBXN.S: ) chosen as partner for embedded GPS
technology by Samsung Group’s Seoul Commtech [UBXN.S]

* Cicor (CICN.S: ) wins 2 million euro order for complex
substrates in advanced radar systems[CICN.S]

* Kudelski Group (KUD.S: ) company Abilis Systems introduces a
new digital terrestrial TV silicon tuner [KUD.S]

* Logitech (LOGN.VX: ) shareholders elect new board member,
re-elect four board members and approve Resolutions at Annual
General Meeting [LOGN.VX]

EQUITY RESEARCH [CH-RCH]

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(.EX.S: ) for all Swiss stocks

(.EXSMI.S: ) for blue chips

(.EXNSMI.S: ) for other stocks

Swiss stocks – Factors to watch on Sept 9