ZURICH Feb 14 Swiss stocks were expected to
open slightly higher on Friday, while European stocks were seen
open mixed as soft U.S. data kept investors cautious ahead of
GDP figures for the euro zone.
The Swiss blue-chip SMI was seen rising 17 points,
according to the SMI future.
The following are some of the main factors expected to
affect Swiss stocks on Friday:
* Actelion Ltd said that SwissMedic approved
Opsumit (macitentan) for pulmonary arterial hypertension
patients within Switzerland.
* Schindler said it had a net profit of 463 million
Swiss francs in 2013, or 682 million francs excluding the
impairments of 219 million francs relating to the Hyundai
* Phoenix Mecano said its result for 2013 amounted to
approximately 22 million euros and said 2014 started well.
* Cicor said order intake rose by more than 16
percent to 202 million Swiss francs in 2013, but net profit will
be below the previous year's level. The company publishes
results on March 12.