Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on Feb 25
ZURICH Feb 25 (Reuters) - Swiss stocks were expected to open unchanged on Tuesday, taking a breather after gains in the previous session, with investors expected to focus on U.S. economic data later in the day.
The Swiss blue-chip SMI was seen opening flat at 8,485 points, according to premarket indications by bank Julius Baer.
The following are some of the main factors expected to affect Swiss stocks on Tuesday:
Swiss bank UBS is prepared to pay a fine of up to 200 million euros ($274.5 million) in an investigation of alleged tax avoidance by the lender's German clients, a German newspaper reported on Tuesday.
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Straumann Holding Ltd, the world's largest maker of dental implants, forecast low-single digit sales growth this year and said it will continue to expand in the value segment as it reported full-year earnings that met expectations.
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*Swiss Re said its corporate solutions arm had signed an agreement to acquire a 51 percent stake in Colombian insurer Confianza. The deal, subject to approval, is expected to close in the second half of 2014, Swiss Re said.
*Holcim : India's Jaiprakash Associates is in talks to sell its 74 percent stake in two cement joint ventures with country's largest steel maker SAIL to Holcim-owned ACC for Rs 29 billion ($467.4 million), the Economic Times reported, citing two people familiar with the development.
*Georg Fischer said sales rose 2 percent to 3.77 billion Swiss francs ($4.24 billion) last year, generating a profit of 145 million francs. It expects to increase sales and profit this year.
*Oerlikon said fourth-quarter orders rose 11.2 percent to 705 million francs, while earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) excluding one-time effects rose 16.9 percent to 104 million. It expects organic sales growth this year and said order intake and profitability should be stable.
*Implenia said consolidated revenue rose 9.2 percent to 3.06 billion francs last year, generating an operating profit of 158 million francs, up 3 percent.
*Walter Meier said 2013 sales fell 2.1 percent to 703 million francs, while profit came in at 125 million compared to 52 million a year earlier.
*Orior said sales rose 3.7 percent to 520 million francs and it proposed an increase in its dividend to 1.97 Sfr per share.
*Cosmo Pharmaceuticals said 260,68 of its shares were tendered into the public tender offer for 93.25 Sfr per share.
*Thurgauer Kantonalbank said it expects to carry out a planned initial public offering in spring.
($1 = 0.8897 Swiss francs)
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