February 6, 2019 / 5:39 AM / 6 months ago

Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on Feb. 6

ZURICH/BERLIN, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The Swiss blue-chip SMI was seen opening 0.03 percent higher at 9,153 points on Wednesday, according to premarket indications by bank Julius Baer.

Here are some of the main factors that may affect Swiss stocks:

CREDIT SUISSE

The Swiss bank expects a higher tax rate for 2018 than previously forecast, saying on Wednesday it expects to be hit by U.S. tax provisions aimed at preventing companies from shifting profits abroad.

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NOVARTIS

Alcon, the eye care business being spun-off by Novartis, will be included in the Swiss Market Index of Switzerland’s 20 largest listed companies, market operator SIX said.

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ROCHE

The Swiss drugmaker will donate its new haemophilia A medicine Hemlibra to a World Hemophilia Federation program, it said on Wednesday, joining rivals who also back the effort to help patients in developing countries who face treatment hurdles.

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SUNRISE COMMUNICATIONS

Sunrise Communications has confirmed it is in talks with broadband provider Liberty Global about a potential acquisition of its Swiss business UPC Schweiz.

COMPANIES:

* Conzzeta said net sales rose 20.2 percent in 2018, to 1.8 billion Swiss francs. On its EBIT margin guidance for 2018, it said the figure exclusing one-offs would come in at the lower end of the target mid-term range of 8 percent to 10 percent.

ECONOMY

No major Swiss economic data due (Reporting by Zurich newsroom and Berlin Speed Desk)

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