March 20, 2013 / 5:50 AM / 4 years ago

Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on March 20

ZURICH, March 20 (Reuters) - The following are some of the main factors expected to affect Swiss stocks on Wednesday:

ROCHE

Roche Holding AG and a buyout group comprising KKR & Co LP KKR.N and Hellman & Friedman LLC have joined the bidding for Life Technologies Corp LIFE.O, a genetic testing company coveted for its advanced diagnostics and steady cash flow, according to people familiar with the matter.

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UBS, CREDIT SUISSE

U.S. mortgage finance company Freddie Mac FMCC.OB is suing more than a dozen banks for losses from the alleged manipulation of the benchmark interest rate known as Libor.

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COMPANY STATEMENTS

* Bobst posted consolidated sales of 1.26 billion Swiss francs in 2012, down 0.5 percent compared to 2011.

* Schweiter Technologies said the Board of Directors will propose at the company's annual general meeting to distribute a dividend of CHF 40 per bearer share.

* ALTIN AG said it has appointed Tony Morrongiello as CEO of the company.

* Aryzta AG announces the issuance of a 300 Swiss franc million Hybrid Instrument and said the proceeds from the issue will be used to refinance existing debt and/or for general corporate purposes.

ECONOMY

* Swiss investor sentiment indicator ZEW due at 1000 GMT.

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