Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on Jan 4

ZURICH Fri Jan 4, 2013 2:23am EST

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ZURICH Jan 4 (Reuters) - Swiss stocks were expected to open slightly lower on Friday, in line with European markets seen falling as concerns that the U.S. Federal Reserve may end its asset-buying programme ahead of time curbed appetite for shares.

The Swiss blue-chip SMI was seen falling 0.1 percent, according to premarket indications from bank Julius Baer.

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

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