May 20, 2010 / 5:13 AM / 9 years ago

Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on May 20

ZURICH, May 20 (Reuters) - The following are some of the main factors expected to affect Swiss stocks on Thursday.

SWISS BANKING

Italy’s tax police are investigating possible tax evasion in about 7,000 bank accounts held by Italians with British bank HSBC (HSBA.L) in Switzerland after obtaining a list of them from French authorities.

For related news, click on [CH-TAX-IT]

NOVARTIS NOVN.VX

Novartis U.S. affiliate Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC) said in a statement overnight it strongly disputed claims of past gender discrimination in the U.S.

For related news, click on [NOVN.VX]

EFG INTERNATIONAL (EFGN.S)

The Swiss private bank has opened two representative offices in Uruguay.

For related news, click on [EFGN.S]

ECONOMY [M-CH]

* ZEW investor sentiment survey due at 0900 GMT

* Swiss National Bank vice-chairman Thomas Jordan due to hold a speech at 1400 GMT

COMPANY STATEMENTS [CNR-CH]

EQUITY RESEARCH [CH-RCH]

S&P Equity Research raises Nobel Biocare NOBN.VX to sell from strong sell.

FOR COMPANIES TRADING EX-DIVIDEND, PLEASE CLICK ON:

.EX.S for all Swiss stocks

.EXSMI.S for blue chips

.EXNSMI.S for other stocks

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