April 19, 2018 / 4:37 AM / a year ago

Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on April 19

ZURICH, April 19 (Reuters) - The Swiss blue-chip SMI was seen opening up 0.7 percent at 8,889 points on Thursday, according to premarket indications by bank Julius Baer .

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


The world’s biggest food group confirmed its full-year guidance after organic sales growth accelerated to 2.8 percent in the first quarter of 2018, helped by improving volumes.

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The Swiss drugmaker confirmed its growth targets for 2018 as Chief Executive Officer Vas Narasimhan was emboldened by first-quarter performance in his cancer drugs portfolio and resurgent revenue from his Alcon eye care unit.

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The engineering company is due to report its first quarter earnings, with analysts polled by Reuters expecting a 6.8 percent increase in revenues to $8.39 billion.

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The Swiss pumpmaker confirmed its 2018 outlook on Thursday, saying it expected a one-off hit of 10 million Swiss francs ($10.3 million) from business disruption when its main Russian shareholder was slapped with U.S. sanctions.

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* Aryzta said Gregory Sklikas has been appointed as CEO Europe after Dermot Murphy quit. [ARYN.S>

* GAM Holding AG reported first-quarter group net inflows of 6.0 billion Swiss francs.

* Idorsia said it had a U.S. GAAP net loss of 79 million Swiss francs in the first quarter of 2018.

* Implenia said it received an order worth just under 60 million euros for a project from CERN.

* Panalpina said its consolidated profit rose to 16.6 million Swiss francs in the first quarter of 2018.

* Temenos on Wednesday reported non-IFRS operating profit up 33 percent during its first quarter.

Reporting by Zurich newsroom

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