ZURICH Jan 12 The Swiss blue-chip SMI
was seen opening 0.3 percent higher at 8,455 points on Thursday,
according to premarket indications by bank Julius Baer
. Here are some of the main factors that may affect
NOVARTIS and ROCHE
Shares in drugmakers including Switzerland's Novartis and
Roche fell on Wednesday after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump
said at a press conference that the pharmaceutical industry was
"getting away with murder" and that he would take action to
contain prices by changing the government's bidding process.
The shares were indicated marginally lower.
Roche said the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products has
approved a new subcutaneous formulation of MabThera (rituximab)
for treating two types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
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The luxury goods group said strong demand for jewellery and
an improvement in watch sales in its own stores helped sales
grow 5 percent in the quarter to December, in a sign the luxury
watch industry may see a recovery this year.
The stock was indicated 4.6 percent higher, with peer Swatch
seen up 3.1 percent
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* Inficon said unaudited full-year 2016 sales were
$310 million, compared to $287.7 million in previous year, with
operating income of $50 million, from $39.8 million in 2015.
* U Blox said it projects full-year 2016 revenue of
360 million francs, and EBIT of about 56 million to 58 million
francs. For 2017, the Swiss GPS technology company expects
continued growth in all regions and revenue of between 410
million and 425 million francs, with EBIT between 60 million to
65 million francs.
* Swiss chemicals maker Clariant is in advanced
talks to acquire Mumbai-based chemical manufacturer Galaxy
Surfactants Ltd, the Mint news outlet reported, citing two
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* Partners Group Holding AG reports gross client
demand of 9.2 billion euros and new investments of $11.7 billion
* VAT Group AG 2016 net sales approximately 508
million Swiss francs, representing an increase of around 24 pct
compared to same period a year ago and ahead of latest guidance
given at Q3 2016 trading update of plus 15-18 pct
* Meyer Burger says gets order for DW 288 Series 3
diamond wire cutting technology for about 8 million Swiss francs
from existing European customer
* Valiant Holding AG expands in Romandy
* Sandpiper Digital Payments AG signs partner
agreement with Hudoud Alteqnia for Saudi Arabian digital ID
management and mobile payment market
(Reporting by Zurich newsroom)