ZURICH, April 25 (Reuters) - The Swiss blue-chip SMI was seen opening 0.4 percent lower at 8,758 points on Wednesday, according to premarket indications by bank Julius Baer .
Here are some of the main factors that may affect Swiss stocks:
The bank reported 694 million Swiss francs ($707.4 million) in first-quarter net income, its best quarter since Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam launched a three-year restructuring plan for Switzerland’s second-biggest bank.
The speciality chemicals maker beat analyst expectations for first-quarter sales as demand for its chemical catalysts recovered, prompting the company to confirm its 2018 and mid-term targets.
Swiss private bank EFG will look for more acquisitions to reach its desired size, a representative of minority investor BTG Pactual on its supervisory board tells Finanz und Wirtschaft paper
* Novartis launches FocalView app, providing opportunity for patients to participate in ophthalmology clinical trials from home
* Groupe Minoteries said net profit rose to 5.8 million Swiss francs from 5.1 million, helped by tax changes in its home canton.
* Orior AG: interim results for offer of Thurella, until end of offer period 95,952 registered shares were tendered to offeror, 68.02% of all shares
* Rapid Nutrition PLC - SIX exchange approved co’s request for withdrawal of delisting of shares from SIX Swiss Exchange
Swiss investor sentiment figures for April are due at 0800 GMT (Reporting by Zurich newsroom)